USGS Cautions Proper Use Of Pepper Spray To Avoid Bear Attacks

Red pepper spray, commonly used by people in bear country to ward off aggressive bear attacks, may actually attract brown bears if used improperly, according to preliminary research by a wildlife ecologist at the USGS Alaska Science Center in Anchorage.

In research recently submitted for publication in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, USGS researcher Tom Smith emphasized that although the spray is a proven deterrent in some encounters with aggressive bears, red pepper spray is not a bear repellent when applied to objects such as tents, food containers, clothing or other personal belongings, "nor is it claimed to be by most manufacturers." In fact, noted Smith, pepper spray manufacturers normally suggest that the spray should be used preventively. Although it is not presently known exactly what the attracting agent in the red pepper spray is, the irritant oleoresin capsicum is the only ingredient common to all the sprays tested.

Smith said that although research has shown that red pepper spray is highly effective as a deterrent in aggressive grizzly and brown bear encounters when sprayed directly in a bear's eyes or nose, his pilot study shows that spray residues did attract brown bears when used in nonaggressive situations. Brown bear responses to red pepper spray-treated sites in his study ranged from mere sniffing to whole body rolling in the residues, an uncommon bear behavior.

The spray is often carried as a bear protection method by hikers, campers, biologists, rangers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts. The carrying of red pepper spray has been encouraged in some national parks where bears are common and firearms are prohibited. Some state wildlife and game agencies have also been encouraging the carrying of the spray in bear habitats.

Smith's investigations have found that "instances of people inappropriately applying red pepper spray to objects in order to repel

Contact: Catherine Haecker
United States Geological Survey

Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related biology news :

1. McGill Centre for Intellectual Property Policy receives $3 million SSHRC Grant
2. Rosemary May Have Anti-Cancer Properties
3. When To Pick A Peck Of Pungent Peppers? When The Pecks At Its Peak
4. Spray-on plasters
5. Spray Forming Aerospace Alloys For Bigger Aircraft
6. Spraying Water Containing Airborne Bacteria Found At Some Indoor Swimming PoolsCan Cause "Lifeguard Lung" Following Long-Term Exposure
7. Prion propagation: Avoiding the toxic oligomer
8. Avoid bad memories: Targeting genes and drugs
9. Beset By Human Competition, Penguins Must Take Marathon Food Trips To Avoid Starvation, A Researcher Finds
10. UCSF Scientists Report On A Transcription Factor That Could Stimulate Heart Cells To Repair Damage Caused By Heart Attacks Or Birth Defects
11. Aspirins Preventive Action In Heart Attacks Tied To Genetics

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/26/2020)... ... August 25, 2020 , ... Modality Solutions, a ... 2020 annual Inc. 5000 list. The list is the most prestigious ranking of the ... well, and for this year’s list, reported three-year revenue growth of 71 percent. ...
(Date:8/21/2020)... ... August 19, 2020 , ... The 19th ... life science, data science, informatics and IT leaders goes VIRTUAL and announces its ... uncertainty and change, Bio-IT takes the leadership role of keeping our life science ...
(Date:8/7/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Alucio™, a fast-growing provider of cloud-based software ... Jessica Wong have joined the company’s leadership team as Vice President of Engineering, ... development efforts for Alucio’s flagship product, Beacon, an innovative cloud-based content management and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... July 29, 2020 , ... ... and Catalent, the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies, development, and manufacturing ... announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership whereby Catalent will provide ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... 29, 2020 , ... The SDX® Respiratory Gating System ... has reached its 20th anniversary of worldwide use. Introduced in the US over ... including University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, University of Maryland, University of California ...
(Date:7/22/2020)... , ... July 22, 2020 , ... Join experts from ... Lorenc, Sr. Manager Regulatory Solutions, in a one hour live webinar on ... regulating body in China for drugs and medical devices. Specifically, for medical devices, the ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... , ... July 16, 2020 , ... “We are thrilled ... Wave Bioactives. “It’s the only technology of its kind on the market and we ... onions with the protective capacity of traditional cultured ingredients, creating a natural way to ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: