Ontario Parks is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen, and golfers to take extra precautions and be on the alert for bears while in the Algonquin Park areas.
They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert but not startle the bears unexpectedly. They also advise you to carry pepper spray in case of an encounter with a bear.
It is also a good idea to watch for signs of bear activity. People should be able to recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear droppings.
Black bear droppings are smaller and contain berries and possibly squirrel fur. Grizzly bear droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper.
Not long ago I spent some time in Alaska, on the coast about 40 miles Southeast of Nome.scuba_steve said:Has anyone had encounters with bears ever? What did you do? I am going into deep woods in a few weeks and would like your advice.
Any advice? Bear spray, big gun, yell at them?
I would think that it would be hard to be over prepared for any bear, even a 300 pound black bear in Utah.Retire Early said:Wouldn't the necessary preparations, as far as a firearm is concerned, depend on the size of the bears in your area? I would think you'd have to prepare differently for a 800 lb grizzly vs the little 350 lb black bears here in Utah. Any thoughts?