Bear deterrents

Learn about bear spray, bear resistant garbage disposal and other methods to discourage bears from close encounters with people.


People in bear country should be prepared to encounter a bear at any time and follow BearSmart practices to reduce the likelihood of an encounter and prevent injury. Carrying and knowing how to properly use bear deterrents can help prevent injury if you do encounter a bear. Effective bear deterrents include bear spray, noisemakers, bear-resistant garbage disposal and electric fencing. In this section, learn about types of deterrents and how they’re used.