According to Alaska Department of Fish & Game bear safety specialist John Hechtel, bear spray and firearms can be “equally effective in trained hands, depending on the situation. I certainly don’t think we should try to pit one tool against the other .”
Seems reasonable. I mean, utilize the tools at hand to protect yourself the best you can. Of course, not everyone agrees. A pair of biologists call the claim that the argument to use a firearm to protect yourself instead of using bear spray is ridiculous and try pitting one form over the other. In this case pushing for spray alone.
Chris Servheen wrote a “fact sheet” for the US Fish and Wildlife Service stating:
“since 1992, persons encountering grizzlies and defending themselves with firearms suffer injury about 50% of the time. During the same period, persons defending themselves with pepper spray escaped injury most of the time, and those that were injured experienced shorter duration attacks and less severe injuries.”
Sounds pretty concrete. Buuuuuuuut….Servheen offered no data, proof, or reference to his statistical information. He might as well be saying that “60% of the time it works every time”.
Servheen further claims that: “Canadian bear biologist Dr. Stephen Herrero reached similar conclusions based on his own research — a person’s chance of incurring serious injury from a charging grizzly doubles when bullets are fired versus when bear spray is used.”
Of course this is a further fabrication with no actual references or hard numbers to back it up.
Hard numbers do exist though, to counter their claims. A 2006 report by Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team leader Chuck Schwartz made it perfectly clear that when a big game hunter holding a rifle surprises a nearby grizzly and gets charged, firearms are the only option. Schwartz reviewed 68 grizzly bear deaths in the Yellowstone region from 1992 to 2004. On 24 occasions, hunters and bears startled each other and the bears charged. “Time and again,” Schwartz told the Casper Star Tribune, “hunters said it happened so fast that when they shot, the bear fell right at their feet.”
Don’t get me wrong…i’m not saying “see a bear, shoot a bear” (unless you are actually hunting a bear), and I am disgusted by the needless death of animals, especially when they are just protecting their own.
Bear spray can be very effective due to a bears heightened senses. This isn’t about knocking bear spray. It’s about knocking falsehoods and made up statistics by those who oppose firearms just to push for their ideology It’s a common tactic of gun control zealots.
My suggestion if you’re in bear country? Carry both, but if you only have time to pull one I say let the lead fly.
In a redux of a story I told you about last week in Derry, NH, apparently another internet based firearm business has been put before the Zoning Board of Adjustments and just like with the previous business owners, Thomas Nelson was granted his permit to operate his business by a vote of 3-2.
Of course, once again the neighbors were spewing the same nonsense as they did last time:
Several residents from the Woodlands development spoke against granting a special exception for Nelson, noting that the development is a quiet, residential area with many children.
WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN!!?!?!
What about them? I’m at the point that I can barely even mock these people for their nonsensical jabbering. Is Nelson going to start passing out full loaded glocks to the children for Halloween treats?
One neighbor Jeffrey Kattar worries that the business will lower property values.
IT’S AN INTERNET BASED BUSINESS. At most, Nelson says that he may handle some transfers at his home for people who need the service but if he succeeds at his enterprise will move into a brick and mortar shop.
This newest 3-2 vote just goes to illustrate the razor’s edge between freedom and servitude. If one pro vote turned con, then 2 businesses would have been squashed before they were even allowed to begin.
Is this some veiled allusion to the Supreme Court and the Second Amendment? Yep.