Navigation Links
Bear spray a viable alternative to guns for deterring bears, BYU study shows
Date:3/25/2008

PROVO, Utah Hikers and campers venturing into bear country this spring may be safer armed with 8-ounce cans of bear pepper spray than with guns, according to a new study led by a Brigham Young University bear biologist.

Thomas S. Smith, associate professor of wildlife science, has conducted field work among bears for 16 years and has never used bear spray, although he carries it faithfully. I wish I had more scary stories to share, but Ive behaved myself, said Smith, emphasizing that caution and wisdom are the best way to prevent bear attacks.

Concerned about hikers and campers persistent doubts that a small can of liquid pepper spray could stop half a ton of claws, muscle and teeth, Smith and colleagues analyzed 20 years of bear spray incidents in Alaska, home to 150,000 bears. He found that the spray effectively halted aggressive bear behavior in 92 percent of the cases, whether that behavior was an attack or merely rummaging for food. Of all 175 people involved in the incidents studied, only three were injured by bears, and none required hospitalization. Smith and his research team report their findings in the April issue of the Journal of Wildlife Management.

People working or recreating in bear habitat should feel confident they are safe if carrying bear spray, Smith said.

Smiths previous research found that guns were effective about 67 percent of the time. Shooting accurately during the terrifying split seconds of a grizzly charge is extremely difficult, he pointed out, and his data shows that it takes an average of four hits to stop a bear. In addition, firearms are prohibited in national parks like Glacier and Denali, popular with hikers and also with bears.

Working in the bear safety arena, I even found a lot of resistance to bear spray among professionals, Smith said of the product, which retails for $30-$40. There was no good, clean data set that demonstrated definitively that it worked, so thats why we
'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Smart
michael_smart@byu.edu
801-422-7320
Brigham Young University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Electrospray droplet research yields surprising, practical results
2. Cells get sprayed
3. Species still have more viable offspring if they can choose their best mate
4. Soybean varieties viable in southern Indiana, resistant to root-knot nematode
5. Alternative methods proposed to detect pesticides and antibiotics in water and natural food
6. Alternative food networks connect ethical producers and consumers and can lead to healthier eating
7. The race for biofuels driving alternative sources of biomass
8. Childhood obesity indicates greater risk of school absenteeism, Penn study reveals
9. A study by the MUHC and McGill University opens a new door to understanding cancer
10. Study begins to reveal clues to the cause and progression of sepsis
11. Clones on task serve greater good, evolutionary study shows
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Bear spray a viable alternative to guns for deterring bears, BYU study shows
(Date:1/22/2015)... Valid S.A. ("Company") (BM&FBOVESPA: VLID3 ON), is pleased to inform ... State of Washington,s Department of Licensing, in the ... issuance system for driver,s licenses and identification cards to its ... development will start in January 2015, with enrollment and card ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Wis. , Jan. 15, 2015  BellBrook Labs, ... drug discovery, announced the launch of a TR-FRET ... the company,s Transcreener UDP Assay, a high throughput ... The new assay will allow for sensitive detection ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Jan. 21, 2015  Analyst Report Issued by Small Cap ... report showed that planet-wide, transactions at merchants on the leading ... total number of credit, debit, and prepaid cards reached 6.54 ... victims of fraudulent card usage in 2012, and credit and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Valid USA Signs Contract For Washington Driver's License Issuance 2BellBrook Labs Launches a High Throughput Screening Assay for Glycosyltransferases with TR-FRET Readout 2$4.80 Near Term Price Target with "Buy" given by CapRock Research for NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD) issued by Small Cap IR 2
... introduced ,Delicious, a new muscadine grape cultivar. ,Delicious, ripens ... fruit features exceptional taste and texture with an edible ... the potential for wine production. The name ,Delicious, was ... sampled the fruit., According to Dr. Dennis J. Gray, ...
... placed increasing demands on available water resources. In 2007, ... where the population approached two million people. The dual ... features frequent severe drought conditions has created an urgent ... meet resident and visitor demand., Las Vegas operates on ...
... vital component of good health. Like plants that thrive in ... case for the production of vitamin D. In the past ... sun exposure. From fear of the potential dangers of UV ... work and recreational environments centered on virtual reality, we are ...
Cached Biology News:Keeping golf courses green when fresh water is limited 2Keeping golf courses green when fresh water is limited 3The sunlight solution for better health 2The sunlight solution for better health 3
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Nueva Jersey , 22 de enero de ... Biomedical Research abre hoy su llamada a nominaciones para ... investigación científica ha hecho, o tiene el potencial para ... humana. Las nominaciones se aceptarán hasta el 15 de ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 22, 2015   GenoSpace , a precision medicine software company ... the broad use of genomic, imaging and other biomedical data ... Michelle Munson , CEO of Aspera, an IBM Company, ... - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150122/170713 "We are pleased ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... Md. , Dec. 24, 2014  United Therapeutics Corporation ... Inc. (NYSE: MDT ) has submitted a ... Administration (FDA) for the use of Medtronic,s SynchroMed ® ... developed catheter) for use with United Therapeutics, Remodulin ® ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... Solutions , Inc. (NASDAQ: BLFS ), a leading ... storage and cryopreservation freeze media and ... or the "Company"), today announced that it will hold its ... "Annual Meeting"). Because the expected date for the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:El Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research emite su llamada a los nominados para 2015 2El Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research emite su llamada a los nominados para 2015 3El Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research emite su llamada a los nominados para 2015 4GenoSpace Expands Board with Appointment of Michelle Munson 2United Therapeutics Announces Submission Of Pre-Market Approval Application For Implantable Drug Infusion System To Deliver Remodulin 2United Therapeutics Announces Submission Of Pre-Market Approval Application For Implantable Drug Infusion System To Deliver Remodulin 3United Therapeutics Announces Submission Of Pre-Market Approval Application For Implantable Drug Infusion System To Deliver Remodulin 4BioLife Solutions Sets Date for Annual Meeting of Stockholders 2
... June 19, 2008,at 7:00 PM Central European Time/1:00 PM ... (CTI) (Nasdaq and MTA: CTIC),management team will host a ... at its Seattle headquarters located at 501 Elliott Ave.,West, ... on CTI,s website,at http://www.CellTherapeutics.com and archived for ...
... (Nasdaq: EXEL ) announced today that Frank Karbe, ... present at the,William Blair & Company 28th Annual Growth ... June 19, 2008. Mr. Karbe will discuss updates,to the ... will be webcast and may be accessed in the ...
... HRS Conference, MINNEAPOLIS, June 12 Braemar, ... BTEL) and a world leader in,ambulatory cardiac monitoring ... that integrates cardiac arrhythmia monitoring and,cell phone technologies ... loop recorder,with on-board arrhythmia detection algorithms for automatic ...
Cached Biology Technology:Cell Therapeutics, Inc. Special Meeting in Lieu of Annual Meeting of Shareholders Scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2008 2Braemar Introduces the ER920W Wireless Cardiac Arrhythmia Monitor 2
... for use in the Microsart e.motion are sterile-sealed, ... in a specially designed individual package on a ... band of membrane filter units ensures that they ... the sealed band guarantees uniform dispensing of the ...
... Mouse monoclonal [RS17 ] to PRKAR2 ... for a variety of cellular functions. cAMP ... protein kinase (AMPK), which transduces the signal ... inactive holoenzyme of AMPK is a tetramer ...
... Rocking Shaker provides the exact agitation ... The very slow to fast speed ... provide a gentle wave motion that ... blotted membranes to achieve faster, more ...
...
Biology Products: