Game and Fish – “Carry bear spray”


The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is reminding recreationists to be cautious around wildlife during the coming weeks. As people head outside to recreate, they may be encountering wildlife – particularly bears – that haven’t seen humans in months, so practicing safety and outdoor awareness is very important.

When recreating in bear habitat, be cautious and alert. Hike in a group and make noise as you travel so you don’t surprise a bear or other wildlife. Learn to recognize areas of heavy bear use by knowing how to identify tracks, scats and diggings, and if you smell a carcass, avoid it. Flocks of magpies or ravens often indicate a nearby potential food source for bears.

Commercially available bear spray is effective for deterring aggressive animals but use bear spray only as a deterrent and as a last resort to avoid a physical encounter. Carry bear spray in a readily accessible manner and make sure the spray is EPA approved.

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