Using Bear Spray To Deter An Aggressive Bear
Bear spray is proven to be highly successful at stopping aggressive behavior in
Bear spray is a non-lethal bear deterrent designed to stop aggressive behavior in bears. Capsicum, the active ingredient in bear spray is a strong irritant to the eyes, nose, mouth, throat, and lungs of bears.
Remember, no bear deterrent is 100% effective. Use proper bear encounter avoidance techniques as your first line of defense!
If a Bear Charges You
If the Bear Continues to Charge
Where to Find Bear Spray
Bear spray is sold at gift shops, outdoor stores, service stations, and bookstores inside the park, as well as in many stores in the surrounding towns.
Bear spray is now available for rent a Canyon Village. Bear Aware LLC will rent 9.2 oz. Pepper Power® bear spray from a kiosk near the Canyon Visitor Education Center. The kiosk is located at the north end of the visitor center plaza, 20 yards from the main entrance.
Rentals include holster and belt, hiking safety information, and instructions on proper use of bear spray. Cost is $9.25 per day or $28.00 per week(3–7 days). Prices do not include tax. For more information visit Bear AwareLCC. Bear Aware, LLC, is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.
Safe disposal of bear spray can be a challenge. It can't be taken on airplanes. And if thrown in the trash, it can injure others or become a hazard in landfills.
A group of private and public partners has developed a machine that safely removes active ingredients and propellant from each bear spray canister. The components are sorted for recycling and diverted from landfills.
Bear spray canisters can be recycled at park hotels, stores, visitor centers, backcountry offices, and ranger stations, as well as area camping stores, and the Bozeman airport.