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Bear Spray Frequently Asked Questions

Bear attacks are rare. But they do occur, not only in the wilderness and remote places but also in well-populated campgrounds and even in areas close to suburbs and cities. If you have ever seen a bear up close and personal, whether in the wild or in a zoo, you will know you will not want to tangle with one of them. Besides having sharp claws and teeth, these beasts are extremely large and powerful.

That's why it's a good idea to carry bear spray if you are going into bear country or have a reasonable chance of running into one of these animals.

How do I decide where to buy bear spray?

There are several questions you might want to ask yourself before choosing a bear spray. This guide is designed to help you get started.

How does bear spray work?

When used correctly, bear spray causes swelling of a bear's mucous membranes, shortness of breath and psychological effects such as panic.

Does bear spray work and what does bear spray do?

Bear experts agree that bear spray is much more effective than firearms in a human-bear confrontation. While estimates of bear spray success rates range from 90 to 98%, humans are injured in 50% of bear confrontations where the human uses a firearm*. Bear spray requires less accuracy (thanks to heavy fog delivery), covers more ground and is immediately accessible.

*Sources: , Outside Online

Won't irritating the bear with pepper spray just make the animal angrier?

The proper use of bear spray will cause immediate irritation to the bear's eyes, nose, mouth and lungs. Studies have shown that bears will flee due to panic and in order to find relief from the intense burning sensation.

Can you use bear spray on humans and dogs?

Do not use bear pepper spray on dogs or humans. Bear spray is regulated as a pesticide by the EPA and has only been approved for use on bears. It should not be used on any other animals, including humans.

If you have further questions about how to use bear spray, the correct distance to use bear spray effectively or even basic queries like what is bear spray, we are here to help. If you have a question we didn't cover here, email

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What's the difference between bear spray and pepper spray?

Bear spray and pepper spray are both made with the same active ingredient, a substance made from peppers called oleoresin capsicum. The difference lies within the strengths of the formulas. Pepper spray is designed to temporarily incapacitate a human attacker. Bear spray contains a higher concentration of the active ingredient – making it the stronger spray - and is designed to be shot at a further distance from the attacker.

So, if you're planning a camping or hiking trip in bear country, make sure to pack bear spray instead of pepper spray to ensure your safety in case of a bear encounter.

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Frontiersman Max Bear Spray Features Vs. Other Brands

  Frontiersman Bear Spray Other Bear Spray Brands
EPA Maximum Strength - 2.0% Major Capsaicinoids Yes Some
Glow-in-the-Dark Safety - Find Canister at Night Yes Some
Immediate Access Holsters - No Straps Slowing Access to Your Spray Yes Some
Industry-Topping 40-Foot Range - Safest Distance Yes Some
Industry Maximum 1.58 oz of Spray Deployed per Second Yes  
EPA Approved for Use on Bears, Mountain Lions, & Big Cats Yes  
Quality Control via ISO 9001:2015 Certification Yes  
Exclusive HPLC Guarantee Provides Heat Consistency in Every Can Yes

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