08-07-2006, 10:46 PM
Hey all it looks like you can't travel with Bear Mace in planes? Even in Luggage?
Anyone have any experiences with that.
2nd, any ideas if I can get some in Terrace, BC?
Should be easy to find in Terrace I would guess, unless it's sold out :biggrin:
Maybe you could send it to a Mail Boxes Etc. or a lodge you plan to visit if they allow it to be mailed (?)
08-08-2006, 10:16 AM
I believe you can't bring bear spray into Canada, period. When I went to New Brunswick in June, I was informed by the Border folks in Canada that bringing mace or pepper spray into Canada was illegal.:tsk_tsk:
Has anyone had any direct, or reliable indirect, experience with Bear Mace? I wonder how effective the stuff is.
We carried aerosol cans of bear spray when I regularly visited the Dean back in the 90's. We often encountered bears, but none of them acted in any way aggressively towards us. We did feel having the spray was comforting, though.
I have not heard of a bear attack in the Dean valley, despite hundreds of encounters.
When we fished the Karluk, we found the place infested with bears (Portage area). Once again, although we encountered bears every day, every where, we had no threatening incidents.
Our guide, though, was always backing us up with a shotgun.
I would be interested in whether anyone has been threatened by a brown or black bear while fishing and was able to repeal the bear with the spray.
It's hard to concentrate with Bruno breathing down your neck.
08-08-2006, 01:26 PM
try one of these shops.
08-08-2006, 01:52 PM
I know of at least one circumstance when bearspray has sent a polar bear running (and quickly at that). I would imagine that if it would to so to one of those polar prowlers it would have a similar effect on a grizz or black. The only problem I can see is if you are being charged quickly... you might have to live through the initial blow until the spray had time to work because you can't hit the bear until it is within 3 meters. :eek:
08-09-2006, 06:43 PM
Never heard of bear spray being used on a Polar Bear, can't imagine only taking it for protection from them though. They're fearless and will actively stalk humans as prey.
I know a gent who was involved in the development of the spray. He's got some good stories about testing it. It is effective, but does have limitations, the wind speed/direction being chief among them.
Interestingly enough, the pepper spray residue has been shown to be attractive to bears. People have sprayed some of their things with the spray thinking that it would repel bears -it didn't and in fact the things that were sprayed seemed to be sought out by the bears. Not too implausible I suppose; I like hot and spicy Thai and Mexican foods, why shouldn't a bear?