Pepper Spray for Lions, Tigers and Bears

This entry was posted by Rob on Saturday, 30 January, 2010 at

Pepper spray comes in many varieties. You have stream, fogger, gel or foam deliveries. You have 1/2 ounce to 1.5 ounce keychains, 2, 4, 9, and 12 oz. canisters, pepper spray exercise hand weights, pepper spray pens and pepper spray jewelry in the form of ring.

Most of the pepper spray and Mace products are specially formulated for use as an inflammatory agent against man. Pepper spray will induce coughing, choking and nausea in the target creep. It will dilate their eye capillaries causing temporary blindness. Their mucous membranes will swell causing all but life support breathing from functioning properly, rendering an assailant temporarily incapacitated. A mere one second burst of pepper spray is enough to stop an attacker for up to 45 minutes, all without permanent damage.

If you are looking to protect yourself from aggressive canines, we have Mace Muzzle pepper spray for dogs. If your concern is wild bears while hiking or camping in the woods, we have specially formulated bear mace.

But what about other possible attackers?

We specifically covered humans, dogs and bears. What about other dangerous wild animals, such as coyote, wolves, mountain lions, cougars, puma, panthers… I don’t know… dingos?

You would be hard pressed to find a canister of Mountain Lion Pepper Spray, or Coyote Mace. That being said, lets call a spade a spade, and pepper spray, pepper spray.

For the most part, any of these pepper spray products will work against any of the animals if you hit them in the face. All of these animals have an acute sense of smell, and very sensitive noses. Inflammatory agents such as pepper spray will wreak havoc on their eyes and noses.

Bear pepper spray has a unique deployment that shoots a wide area fog up to 25-30 feet away. Bears in particular will want to be kept at as much as a distance as possible, and typically lumber loudly enough through the woods to give to a small warning. Also the bear sprays are typically rated slightly hotter than human pepper spray. Usually 20% concentration, instead of the 10-18% concentrations you will find in the Mace, Pepper Shot and Wildfire pepper spray lines.

If you hit a human with bear mace (and I use the term human loosely when referring to a common street thug), you can be assured he will soon be hating life.

Also, if you are walking around the neighborhood, and you are carrying Mace Muzzle Canine Spray and are approached by a mugger, let him have it. If you are walking down the street carrying your Wildfire pepper spray key chain formulated for human incapacitation, and you confront a vicious dog, let him have it. Same with a coyote or mountain lion. We are pretty equal opportunity, race independent here.

You do however have an inherent problem with attacks by large cats, such as the mountain lion, cougar, puma, panthers, etc. These animals are stealthy and quick. More likely than not, you will be stalked. Like a ninja. Ninja cat. You will not likely know you are in danger until the last possible moment, when the animal pounces.

These animals are also ninja like in their art of assassination. The mountain lion will target your head or neck, quite literally aiming for the jugular, or attempting to break your spine. Not the ideal situation for trying to pepper spray in advance.

To your advantage, if you are able to get a fair warning, mountain lions can be persuaded to call off an attack. The mountain lion is fully aware that he is only 100-120 pounds, and an average adult male outweighs him. Not that it really matters, due to the cats superior speed, sharp claws and vicious teeth. Just don’t tell him that, and he may not bother calling your bluff.

If you are able to spot a mountain lion first, stand as tall possible and stick out your arms. You want to appear even larger. Talk loudly and aggressively, attempt to throw objects such as rocks and sticks.

Whatever you do, do NOT turn your back to the animal and run. He will beat you in a foot race. He has more feet than you do. If anything, attempt to threaten the mountain lion. Try to fake him out by advance toward it, slightly (Do not advance too close). All the while, have your pepper spray in hand and ready to deploy once the animal gets in range.

In the unfortunate event you are attacked unexpectedly, just as if it were a human assailant, FIGHT BACK. It is very likely the attacker will decide you are not worth the trouble if you are able to FIGHT BACK hard enough. Even if you are only able to struggle for a short time, make them work for it.

Incidentally, your pet dog may only garner a little bit of help and quite possibly attract these dangerous animals. Children are also especially attractive targets, as the mountain lion may be larger than them and less cautious. Use extreme caution when hiking in known lion country with your kids. Stay in groups, and always, always be on the lookout.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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