Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bears. Eat. Bells.

In case this sign is too small to read:
Due to the frequency of human-bear encounters, the BC Fish an Wildlife Branch is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen*, and any persons that use the out of doors in a recreational or work related function to take extra precautions while in the field.

We advise the outdoorsmen to wear little noisy bells on clothing so as to give advance warning to any bears that might be close by so you don't take them by surprise.
We also advise anyone using the out of doors to carry pepper spray with him in case of an encounter with a bear.
Outdoorsmen should also be on the watch for fresh bear activity, and be able to tell the difference between black bear feces and grizzly bear feces. Black bear feces is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear sh*t has bells in it and smells like pepper.
*But what's with all the male-centric vocabulary? Tsk tsk!
** Bonus points go to whoever can identify the pop culture reference in the title.


  1. We did many outdoor hikes in bear country and we were always told not to wear bells (they are very irritating any way) but to talk and sing and make lots of noise. Bells tend to attract bears curiosity rather than scare them off....



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