Tuesday, September 15, 2009

For Catelli

after his experience...

I asked my dad, who lives not all that far (by Northern Ontario standards) from Killbear, if the bears were in fact particularly bad this year. He told me yes, the Ministry of Natural Resources was circulating a memo around all the provincial parks to that effect. Catelli, I'm surprised you didn't see it.

They're telling people to be prepared for bears in the backcountry. There are three things to "bear" in mind:

1) You should always carry a bear bell. The jingling will frighten off most bears.
2) In case your bear is not easily frightened, you should also have some specially formulated bear pepper spray (available at the same site).
3) Familiarize yourself, when travelling through bear country, with bear scat. The way to tell bear scat from other varieties of animal scat, says the Ministry, is that bear scat has little bells in it and smells of pepper.


Anonymous said...

Didn't see a damn thing.

Last year there were warnings posted. Nada this year.

But I did see at the park store muddy bear footprints across the sidewalk, with a sign asking visitors to not erase or smudge the prints!

Thanks for this Ken! I owe you one.

Rocketstar said...

They were really bad here in Aspen CO as well this year.