Firearms verses Pepper Spray
For years now I have carried a 12 gage shotgun for defense against bear attack on my travels in the Alaskan wilds however I have come upon new information that has made me reconsider my position on the firearm as my frontline defense against a charging bear. An article on bears in Alaska Magazine (Sept.2005) gave some interesting statistics:Bear spray detoured attacks in 92% of the reported cases in the State of Alaska whereas firearms detoured only 68%.
OK that got my attention!!! and it went on to say that there was good evidence to suggest that, those who had used firearms and had not stopped the attack sustained greater injury when they were mauled compared to those who used pepper spray.
Perhaps its effectiveness is in its simplicity to use. It dose not require such great accuracy as a rifle dose and is more likely to be quick and at hand than a heavy and bulky rifle.
Below is a document from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that seems to support this as well. Stay safe out there!