Saturday, July 5, 2014


In light of the increasing frequency of human-grizzly bear conflicts several years ago, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game responded by advising hikers, campers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field. Quote from the 1998 planning brochure: “We advise that outdoorsmen and women wear noisy little tie-on bells on their clothing so as to not startle the bears that aren’t expecting to encounter you. Also, carry the large-size anti-bear pepper spray canisters with you in case you have an emergency encounter with an attacking grizzly bear. Bells and pepper spray are now available for purchase at any ranger station. While in the wild, be aware of the landscape and watch for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorspeople should learn to recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear dung. Black bear dung is smaller and normally contains remnants of fish, small game fur, and berries. Grizzly bear dung is larger and has little bells in it, and smells like pepper…

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