If you, or anyone you know are planning a trip to any of our fine U.S. National Parks, please be advised; In light of the frequency of human vs. grizzly/black bear conflicts, the National Park Service is advising hikers, hunters, campers and fishermen to take extra precautions by keeping alert for bears while in the field. We do advise that while outdoors, people should wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren’t expecting them. If bears hear you coming from a distance they are far more apt to leave the area before you even realize they were ever there.
We also advise that while visiting our scenic parks, for people to carry pepper/OC spray with them for protection in case of a chance encounter with a bear. It is also a very good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. While in the bears habitat, people should be able to recognize the differences between black bear and grizzly bear feces. There is a pamphlet available at all Park Headquarters describing these distinctions in very clear concise terms using close-up pictures to illustrate. In short, black bear feces are small and contain lots of berries and bits of fur from small fuzzy animals. Grizzly bear feces are large, contain little bells, bits of tent/clothing material, and smell like pepper spray. We hope you enjoy all your outdoor adventures while visiting our parks. Warden H. Winked www.mafirearmsafety.com