Buying Bear Spray: Purchasing Guide by BearSmart

June 27, 2020

Buying Bear Spray: Purchasing Guide by BearSmart

Buying Bear Spray: Purchasing Guide 

Please visit our trusted partners at BearSmart Society here for full details on bear spray. 

Print BearSmarts resource on using a bear spray and take with you! Be informed, be respectful and be safe!

  • strength: spray should have a minimum concentration of 0.857% capsaicin
  • container size: spray should be at least 225 grams or 7.9 ounces of net weight
  • type of sprayer: spray pattern should be in a cloud/cone pattern
  • length of spray: spray should last at least 8 seconds
  • range: spray should have a range of 5 meters or about 16 feet
  • type: not all “pepper sprays” are the same: ensure that you are using a bear deterrent spray, not a personal defence product (where legal), like mace, designed for use on people or dogs
  • number: try to carry at least two canisters per group
  • shelf life: should have a shelf life of 4 years after initial purchase
  • certification: in Canada, bear spray does not have to be certified or tested – therefore, it is essential that you purchase your spray from a reputable company

Reputable companies

The Get Bear Smart Society recommends: Frontiersman, Counter Assault, Defense Aerosols (Yukon Magnum and Bear Defence Professional) and UDAP. You can also purchase a survival kit.

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