Date: Thur, March 2, 2006 11:13:35 -0500
In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear conflicts, the Montana Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field.
We advise those at risk to wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them. "We also advise them to carry pepper spray with them in case they encounter a bear.
"It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. People should be able to distinguish the difference between black bear and grizzly bear poop. "Black bear poop is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear poop has little bells in it and smells like pepper."