Grizzly bear, bells, pepper spray, bear feces and acts of futility
This sign is a favourite of my younger brother's. Thanks to Frank for sending it in. We do not know who took the photo, otherwise there would be a photo credit.
It is a bit hard to read. But if you don't feel like squinting, friend and colleague Bill Taylor added text from a similar sign (sent to Taylor by a friend) to the comments in my post on black bears.
“In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear conflicts, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is advising tourists, hikers and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while traveling this summer.
We advise that people wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that are not expecting them. We also advise everyone to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a grizzly.
It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear dung.
Black bear dung is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear (dung) has little bells in it and smells like pepper.”
For anyone who wants to get an idea of how powerful a bear of this size actually is I suggest watching the hilarious and informative film Project Grizzly. Also recommended for anyone interested in watching a grown man dress up in a safey suit and get hit with baseball bats, chainsaws and large logs.