Lots of people scoff and laugh when they see I purchase bear spray each time when mine expires. In the last three year I have carried bear spray I have encountered 3 bears minimum yearly and this season 100s of tracks. I have even seen cougar tracks while trout fishing. With the wolves moving in. It will not be long before I see them. I have encountered many an aggressive rottweiler or hound through the years…..I have even hosed a couple aggressive cows and bulls. My buddies say that all I will be ultimately is pepper flavored human for that bear. I am willing to risk it because the alternative is forever.