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Walk Safely With Bears

Laurel Gaddie "Laurel"
The list author says: "Here are some of the essential items that can help you avoid dangerous encounters when walking in bear country."
Backcountry Bear Basics: The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Unpleasant Encounters (Mountaineers Outdoor Basics)
Backcountry Bear Basics: The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Unpleasant Encounters (Mountaineers Outdoor Basics)
"The only book you really need.  Concise, circumspect, and practical.  Learn why bears behave the way they do and how to safely navigate their territory.  See also the author's blog at http://bearinformation.blogspot.com/"
Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance (revised edition)
Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance (revised edition)
"If you want to learn even more about bears and safety, this is the definitive work on the subject.  More detailed than "Backcountry Bear Basics", but more information than most campers need."
BearVault BV450 - 440 cubic inches - blue
BearVault BV450 - 440 cubic inches - blue
"Protect your food and yourself by using a food canister.  This one is sized for solo backpackers."
Backpackers' Cache - Bear Proof Container
Backpackers' Cache - Bear Proof Container
"A larger food canister for multiple campers.  Food canisters conceal the smell of your food as well as preventing bears from eating it."
Bear Safety Hiking Bell
Bear Safety Hiking Bell
"Rule number one:  Make lots of noise!  Bears will avoid you if they can hear you coming.  Bear bells are one popular solution--but keep in mind that their sound does not travel very far."
SeaSense Mini Air Horn, 1.4oz
SeaSense Mini Air Horn, 1.4oz
"If you have any doubt about your ability to make enough noise, use an airhorn to periodically warn animals in the area of your presence.  Can also be used to scare away a bear during a close encounter."
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