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Originally Posted by neni View Post
Are alarm pistols or pepper stray available for tourist?
You can get bear spray in giant cans in any outdoor store (and many hardware stores and general stores) in AK. And you can call it whatever you want in the US.

Originally Posted by poutanen
The best defence for an animal encounter is to travel in a larger group (as long as they're not idiots).
That's part of the issue for me: I like to hike solo a lot. I try to go places where I'm unlikely to run into bears, or at least have good visibility (i.e., not through alder thickets or giant salmonberry patches). I do talk to myself, sing (that should scare anything away), and generally make noise. My Karelian bear dog, Brewski, in addition to his talent for chasing bears away, also gives me someone to talk to, so I make more noise with him around. Good snow dog, too.

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