MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME
ADVISORY ON BEARS
Helena Montana, January 31, 1999 - In light of the rising frequency
of human/grizzly bear conflicts, the Montana Department of Fish and
Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions
and keep alert for bears while in the field. "We advise that outdoorsmen
should wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle
bears that aren't expecting them," a spokesman said. "We also
advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter
with a bear". 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 paw prints and scat. A grizzly's paw is larger and its
claws are longer than that of a black bear. Black bear scat contains
lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear scat has little bells
in it and smells like pepper.