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[RC] Trail safety. Good to know!! - Melissa Margetts Ms. Kitty

While riding together at the Big Horn 100, Marirose, Tennessee and I got into a conversation about riding or hiking with people who tie obnoxious little bells onto themselves and their horses to alert bears that they are on the trail. I thought that some people might be interested in the biological and behavioral reaction differences in bear species to this method of diversion, as seen on a trail head post in BC:

"WARNING due to the frequency of Human/Bear encounters, the BC Fish and Wildlife Branch is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen and any person using the out of doors in a recreational or work related function to take extra precautions while in the field. We advise the outdoorsman to wear little bells tied to their clothing so as to give advance warning to any bears that might be close by so you don't take them by surprise.
We also advise anyone using the out-of-doors to carry "pepper spray" in case of an encounter with a bear.
Outdoorsmen should also be on the watch for fresh bear activity and be able to tell the difference between Black Bear feces and Grizzly Bear feces. Black Bear feces is smaller with lots of berries and squirrel fur in it. Grizzly Bear feces is larger and has small bells in it and smells like pepper."
"If you're not livin on the edge, you're takin up too much space!"/
Melissa Margetts


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