There's no better way to ward off a charging bear than with bear spray. Study after study (including one by the Forest Service) has come to the same conclusion. Learn how and when to deploy your bear mace with these tips from BACKPACKER Skills Editor Corey Buhay.
Watch: Learn How to Use Bear Spray
When things go sideways around one of nature's biggest, strongest predators, a canister of bear spray can be your best friend.