“…pressed on the bear spray can for 2 seconds…”
I went canoeing with some friends in the Adirondacks in New York. It was a remote area, which was recently opened to the public.
At first, my friends thought I was ridiculous for bringing UDAP bear spray. I told them we would definitely see some black bears and it turned out to be the truth. One night, I went to the tent early and was awakened by one of my friends who yelled, we have a bear in our camp. I thought it was a joke at first and this went on for a few minutes.
After a short period of time, the other friend started to yell, “Get out of here bear” and was banging a cooking pot with a stick. The bear had two cubs with her and was very aggressive. She was snarling and growling at us while we made noise. She charged us a couple of times coming within about 5ft of us. She was not about to let us get in her way. I bolted out of my tent with a 260-gram can of UDAP bear spray and approached the bear. She was a big female, approximately 325 pounds or so, and had climbed the tree, tore down our food bags and had one in her claws and jaws.
We got within 25 feet and just pressed on the bear spray can for 2 seconds. The pepper spray shot out 30 feet, hit her in the face and she immediately took off running in the opposite direction. Needless to say, the entire group, including some of our kids, all wished they had brought a can of bear spray. The bear had even left her cubs in a near by tree for three hours and when she did come back for them, she definitely stayed out of the perimeter of our camp, not wanting to be sprayed again. Once she got her cubs to come to her, we never saw her again.
We are headed to the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park this August and we all are carrying the large canister on our hip. Thanks for the great product!