Should that be "98% of persons reporting using bear spray in close-range encounters escaped uninjured"?I don't know, I wanted to bring my bear spray (large pepper spray, supposedly very effective against grizzly bears, not sure it has been tested on polar) when I went there. but I looked up it was forbidden, it surprised me. But yes one are naturally supposed to try to scare it off with gun, but not sure polar bear so scared of guns, I think bear spray better, and possibly even safer. But naturally I follow the law of the Kingdom, so did not bring bear spray.Why is it easier in Svalbard to use lethal than non-lethal means of protection against polar bears???
when walking in some bear land in USA I only had bear spray. But then they are quite friendly over there.
may be bear sprays got allowed this year? I don't know...
"Bear spray is a very effective deterrent when used properly. In a 2008 review of bear attacks in Alaska from 1985–2006, Smith et al. found that bear spray stopped a bear's "undesirable behavior" in 92% of cases. Further, 98% of persons using bear spray in close-range encounters escaped uninjured." wiki
"No bear spray has ever been reported to kill a bear. It is our belief that widespread use of bear spray will promote human safety and bear conservation.”
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