Stay Alert! Use your eyes, ears, and nose to constantly monitor your surroundings while out in bear country.
Hike in groups of 3 or more. The more the bearier! Er, uh, you get the point.
Make noise by clapping your hands and using your voice, especially when entering a new area or when visibility is limited. If you’re not sure what to say, say “Hey bear!” or “Coming through!”
Stay on maintained trails. Be aware of bear management areas, which are closed to hiking at certain times of year.
Avoid carcasses. This just happens to be good advice in general.
If the bear does not see you, back away to a safe distance and choose an alternate route, maintaining a healthy distance from the bear.
If the bear does see you and you are at close range, this is a potentially dangerous encounter.
Depress actuator tab for burst of spray (Fig. 2).Aim at face and eyes of bear. Press trigger for 2 seconds in order to create a barrier of spray between you and the bear. Stop to evaluate the impact of wind and other factors and adjust your aim if needed before spraying again.