I've heard that pepper spray is more effective than a handgun against bears, because they have sensitive noses.
I have no idea, because my bear knowledge is zilch. I've just decided to stay away from any place there might be bears. I figure that's the best way to put my knowledge to use.
If I ever find myself face to face with a bear, for whatever ungodly reason, I figure that I'll just pepper spray it while I'm shooting it.... Just to be safe.
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