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In light of the frequency of human and grizzly bear encounters, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field. They advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears.
They also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear dung. Black bear dung is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur.
Grizzly bear dung has little bells in it and smells like pepper.
I hadn't heard that one even if it is old, I laughed. We found when we were visiting Alaska and Canada the American forest rangers would only call grizzlies brown bears as to not give them a bad name. In Canada they were called grizzlies and in both places we were warned to take bear spray with us. Magically the front desk was always out of the spray that was supposed to be available at the front desk.
I was in Banff some years ago, shortly after a grizzly killed a hiker. We were talking to the ranger and he told us that a reporter and photographer had shown up earlier that day and asked where the attack had been. The ranger told them but suggested they not go out there until the bear was found. They ignored him and you can guess the rest.
When I lived in Alaska the marathon runners carried handguns. Of course all the outdoors activities were done with a gun on your hip but I never thought it would be necessary for a marathon.
A hunting partner once asked me what I would do if a bear attacked. I told him I would shoot him in the knee and make my getaway while bear ate him. We laughed but he didn't walk in front of me any more after that.