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Old 06-27-2015, 05:56 PM   #1
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Bear Spray?

My son and I will be hiking Whiteface next month. I was wondering if bear spray is needed for this?
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Old 06-27-2015, 06:14 PM   #2
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No, bear spray is not needed anywhere in the Adirondacks.
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Old 06-27-2015, 06:53 PM   #3
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Old 06-27-2015, 08:46 PM   #4
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Bear Spray

Thank you for the insight!
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:01 AM   #5
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Does this stuff actually work? I've never heard of any first hand reports. I've often wondered it if would be a suitable deterrent for nuisance bears so that they didn't have to be killed. Of course, it may just tick them off and make matters worse. I'm not advocating it use for campers or hikers either, just wondering about its effectiveness.
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:22 AM   #6
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Does this stuff actually work? I've never heard of any first hand reports. I've often wondered it if would be a suitable deterrent for nuisance bears so that they didn't have to be killed. Of course, it may just tick them off and make matters worse. I'm not advocating it use for campers or hikers either, just wondering about its effectiveness.
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:32 AM   #7
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Brief discussion here:

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Old 06-29-2015, 10:56 AM   #8
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Does this stuff actually work?
The rangers who work at Glacier and the Bob Marshall Wilderness have it on their person as part of their normal gear, so I'm going to assume it has some effect. No first hand knowledge however...
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Old 06-29-2015, 02:50 PM   #9
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Bear spray works much better than lethal methods, and even some non lethal (like trapping and relocating). However black bears at this time of year are practically not a threat. yes they are big and strong and scary, but their main method of defense is flight and to hide. I have never needed bear spray in the ADK, however I do make some noise if I am concerned about their presence.

But a bear vault is a good idea for food and required in many parts of the park, it eliminates scent on food as well as providing an impenetrable barrier for the bears to reach your food.
Common sense is key too, no cooking or food waste in or around your site or person. If you don't tempt, they wont come
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