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Close encounter: another reason to hike with bear spray

Bear spray canister: recommended equipment for recreating in bear country. (Colin Mulvany)
Bear spray canister: recommended equipment for recreating in bear country. (Colin Mulvany)

HIKING -- A few years ago, I started recommending that hikers carry bear spray and keep it handy on their pack straps virtually everywhere they hike, not just in case of a bear encounter, but also for protection against cougars, wolves and the occasional crazed moose or marmot.

Check out this woman's recent experience while day hiking at Antoine Peak, which stands tall behind East Valley High School and close to civilization.

OK, so why WOULDN'T you carry bear spray?



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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