By Josie  November 16th, 2023

Man Uses Bear Spray and Avoids Bear Attack

This intense video shows a man who encounters a black bear in the wild and uses bear spray to escape a potential attack.

Bear attacks are not uncommon and hikers need to be prepared for worst-case scenarios!

Although bear spray might seem cruel at first, it actually proves the best option for both bears and hikers alike.

Bear spray is a non-lethal aerosol deterrent designed specifically for deterring aggressive or charging bears.

What Is Bear Spray?

The substance is derived from chili peppers, creating a temporary intense burning sensation if it contacts the bear’s eyes, nose, or mouth.

What Is It Made From?

Bear spray is up to three times stronger than the average self-defense product. 

The reason for this is that bear spray is intended to be used from a much further distance.

Its effects are temporary and non-lethal, causing intense discomfort but not permanent injury to the bear.

Is It Cruel to Use Bear Spray?

Bear spray significantly reduces the likelihood of the bear or the human sustaining serious injury.

In the video, wildland firefighter and nature photographer Curtis encounters a black bear in the wild.

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Displaying his calm and knowledge, once the bear is close enough, he uses the bear spray to safely deter the bear.

The Footage

The effective range of bear spray typically varies between 18 to 30 feet, depending on the brand and environmental conditions.

From What Distance Can You Use Bear Spray?

Deploying the spray too early might waste its contents, while too late might not give enough time for the spray to deter the bear.

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