I'm not going to go into details (causes too many arguments on the forum) but the results were NOT on captive/passive bears bears. I believe all were from Alaska.
I'm a biologist, did 2 years bear research, been charged (black bear), used to guide (Calif), live in grizzly country: My preferences: 1) spray, 2) Shotgun w/slugs,3) Ruger OV, HEAVY 45 long Colt. I have several 44s-they stay home!
It was interesting that bear spray (as a repellent on objects) attracted brown bears (I knew it did on black bears)[/b]
thank you for posting those linksMy access to copies is through our library & is encrypted. One of my biologists has a subscription and passes a paper copy around each quarter.
The Forest Service article is on line at the NW research center website. Here's the page (you might have to cut and paste to get there):
http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/gtr152.pdf This is likely grey literature (non-peer reviewed).
The Journal of Wildlife Management is put out by the Wildlife Society. You can purchase copies from them online but you can also look up a library that has a subscription online at:
http://worldcat.org/wcpa/ow/b34c2072e96d69...b4da09e526.html (Peer-reviewed journal)
Tips regarding bear spray:
1) largest can you can get.
2) Strongest you can get (I think 10%)
3) Carry TWO cans (as one Forest Service biologist told me: how do you get back when one can is emptied and you're 20 miles up a trail in grizzly country?)
4) If you use part of a can, discard it ASAP (a day or so). Once it dries, the spray will clog to nozzle.
5) I was (bluff) charged once by a black bear. Trust me==if your gun/shotgun/rifle/spray isn't in your hand, you won't have time to get it there. Those suckers are fast!!!
ps: I also LIKE big guns (458 win, 454 casull, hardcast 45 Colt, 45-70, 45-90, 405 Winchester)==I carry spray.[/b]
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