WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- The recent story of a bear protecting its cubs in the presense of humans calls for a review of basic procedures for walking in bear country:
- Bear spray is an effective deterrent to bear attacks.
- Bear spray is useless if not immediately accessible when a bear is encountered.
In Montana and Idaho, grizzlies are especially active this time of year looking for berries to put on fat for the winter, as displayed in the photo above snapped last week by Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson.
Hikers and especially stealthy hunters, such as archers, should be prepared for bear encounters during fall.