Escape Plan: Use Bear Spray Safely

How to use bear spray.

“If an animal comes within 50 feet, use your spray,” recommends Dave Parker, a certified bear spray safety trainer. If the bear isn’t run- ning, point the nozzle about 30 feet away, and fire a series of one- to two-second bursts. If it’s charging, point the spray at the bear’s chest and hold the trigger until the can is fully discharged. Out of spray and the grizzly is still charging? Don’t run, lay on your stomach, cover your head, and play dead.

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