Posted: Oct 30, 2013 9:47 PM by MTN News - Bozeman
Updated: Oct 30, 2013 10:26 PM
The second weekend of the gun season for big game is just about here and the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is urging hunters to carry bear spray.
The agency says research shows that when hunters use bear spray, bears are stopped 92 percent of the time and 98 percent of the time, no one was hurt, even the bear.
The agency has released a new public service video showing hunters the best way to use the spray.
Hunting Journalist Craig Boddington says, "Safety strap, safety catch, and two short sprays in a zigzag pattern. Now remember, bear spray is a non-lethal weapon and like all weapons you need to practice, so get a couple cans of inert spray and practice at home because your life might just depend on it."
The committee says conflicts between hunters and bears is on the rise in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming and hunters need to be prepared to stay safe.