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Re: [at-l] Pepper spray

A Snarl Over Bear Repellent Leaves Consumers Confused. The Washington Post, 
April 12, 1999, pA9.

An elk hunter was charged by a grizzly bear in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton 
National Forest. The hunter discharged a can of bear spray, but the bear kept 

Another hunter shot the bear as it was mauling his friend. A closer look at 
the label on the can of spray revealed that it was a product intended to stop 
human beings and not a 400-pound bear.

The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to clear up the confusion by 
requiring all manufacturers to register their products for the first time. 
Thus far the EPA has certified four sprays and is in the process of 
developing its enforcement plans. But consumers need to be aware that 
many unregistered products are still on store shelves.

This link has a list of EPA has certified bear sprays.
 <A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/unix0008/news/news99/real_htmls/bearspry.html">Re
gion 8 Press Release - EPA orders halt to s...</A> 


In a message dated 09/13/2000 10:51:46 PM EDT, bettysue@mcintyres.com writes:

<< I just bought a small cannister of pepper spray (10 % pepper).  Would
 this be effective to use on black bears, or would it just make them
 mad?  As I read the label, I wondered if this is just for self-defense
 against humans.  The other Blister Sister has been hiking alone  in
 N.C., close to north Georgia where some trails have been closed due to
 bear encounters. When she said she had seen bear scat, I suggested she
 get some pepper spray, but she said the local outfitter didn't carry
 it.  Which is why I stopped on my way home from work, in Cheyenne, WY,
 to get some to send to N.C.  Should I bother? Any advice?  Thanks.

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