Last year was a bad year in terms of human/bear interactions at national parks. There are some who are suggesting that changes in climate may be contributing to the increase in attacks, having impacted the availability of natural foods.
Whether you agree or not – bear spray is a good precaution and the folks at the National Park Traveler are suggesting that visitors to the backcountry carry it. Here’s a quick read on what constitutes an effective spray and some tips on using it.
Read more: Picking the right bear spray.