Public Service Announcement

The Colorado State Department of Fish and Wildlife is
advising hikers, hunters and fishermen to take
extra precautions and keep alert for bears when outdoors this season.

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 the carrying of pepper spray in case of
an encounter with a bear.

It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of
bear activity.

People should recognize the difference between brown bear and black bear droppings.

Brown bear droppings are smaller and show the remnants of nuts, berries and vegetable matter.

Black bear droppings have little bells in them and
smell like pepper spray.

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  1. Be warned however, that if you buy pepper spray in the U.S., they may not let you take it (or any fruit to feed the brown bears) into Canada. When traveling from Glacier to Banff, my bear-obsessed partner at the time was distressed as he had to give up his freshly-purchased spray. We had a nice chat with the customs guy though as we ate up our peaches and other fruit in the cooler. Would that my companion had been eaten by a bear, as it would have saved me some time down the road. Alas, it was not to be.

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