Does Bear Spray Really Work? Montana Teen Finds Out The Hard Way

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‘Pray and spray’ vs. claws, jaws, and paws

| Local teen is lucky to be alive 

| By Eliott C. McLaughlin, Apr 9, 2019

CNN – A teen was walking down a remote hill in Montana in search of shed antlers when he heard a thump. He turned to find a bear charging at him.

The 17-year-old was unable to grab his bear spray and the bear pinned him against a tree and held him there.

“When the bear let go, the teen fell over and attempted to crawl between two trees and protect his head and vitals. The bear then pinned him face-down on the ground,” said an official statement recounting the attack.

Wearing a hoodie and a backpack, the young man finally was able to grab his bear spray and sprayed the bear, spurring the beast to scurry away.

After making radio contact with his family, the teen was transported to Madison Valley Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

The Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks said the bear was likely a grizzly.

“The bear’s behavior in this incident appears to be typical of surprise close encounters,” the department said …

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