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Bear expert Dave Smith gives you the basics -- like how to choose a good campsite and properly store your food so that you don't have to worry whether that pepper spray you brought will work on the bear that wanders into camp. He debunks commonly held myths about people and bears and also reviews specific outdoor activities — from fishing to mountain biking to hiking with young children to trail running — assessing the likelihood of bear encounters and suggesting tactics for coping in different settings and situations.
This second edition incorporates new research (Do bear bells work? Does tent color or shape make a difference in attracting bears?) and adds more charts and sidebars to make material accessible at a glance. Smith provides key information on bear behavior and biology to help you understand, rather than fear, this most misunderstood animal.
Series: Mountaineers Outdoor Basics
Paperback: 175 pages
Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 2nd Ed. (October 20, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
Weight: 8 oz