BigSkyHeli Posted March 26, 2008 Report Share Posted March 26, 2008 Not sure which is more of a hassle: Gun or bear spray. Carrying bearspray involves your company having a specific exemption for it (it's not covered in limited access, but I hear it will be shortly). As far as bearspray effectiveness, it'll work on small black bears and on other critters like foxes and raccoons, but if you're hoping to intimidate a large black, grizz or polar bear, you'll probably do it more harm by throwing the can and hitting it on the nose than by actually discharging it. The risk of you forgetting to remove it from your belt prior to flight and it going off in the cockpit represents a far greater risk in my view. I've found that just cranking the engine a couple of seconds will scare most black bears away instantly. Never been close to the other kinds on the ground to measure effectiveness... Reminds me of a story told to me by an old forestry employee many years ago. During our safety briefing the problem of bears comes up and how best to handle the situation. Old fella said while walking in the bush it was helpful to be able to identify the different types of bears in the area by knowing the different characteristics in their dumps. Black bears he says have dumps which are full of berry seeds. Of course we are all most interested in how to identify a Grizzly dump. Well he says thats even easier as a Grizzly's dump is full of bells and smells like pepper!! BSH Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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