Camping season will soon be here, so I forward the following:
April 11, 2005
The Alberta Department of the Environment is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen and golfers to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears whilein the area. People are advised to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert but not startle a bear unexpectedly. They also recommend carrying pepper spray in case of an encounter with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of bear activity, and to know the difference between black bear and grizzly bear droppings. Black bear droppings are smaller and contain berries and possibly squirrel fur. Grizzly bear droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper spray.