A 7 1/2 foot tall, 700 lb. grizzly bear killed one of
his trainers with a bite to the neck yesterday. “Rocky”,
the 5 year old bear was recently seen in the movie
“Semi-Pro” where he wrestled Will Ferrell’s character.

At the time of the attack, 3 experienced animal handlers
were working with Rocky in a training center in
California. Pepper Spray was used to subdue and contain
the grizzly immediately after the attack, and no other
injuries were reported.

This bear was known as one of the best bears in the
business and seemed to obediently follow cues and
instructions. “You can train them and use as many safety
precautions as you can, but you’re still taking a chance
if you’re putting yourself in contact with them, It’s
still a wild animal,” says a zoo worker.

If you ever come across a bear in the wild, be assured
he probably isn’t trained to play nicely with humans.

The Sierra Club wants the Forest Service to require
everyone who enters a national forest in grizzly bear
country to carry bear spray Spokeswoman Heidi Godwin
said in a news release…

“The proper use of bear pepper spray will reduce human
injuries caused by bears, reduce the number of grizzly
bears killed in self defense, and help promote the
recovery and survival of the grizzly bear.”

We don’t necessarily approve of making new laws, but it
does show how effective bear spray is against bears.
Also, make sure that the spray you are using is registered
with the EPA for use against bears. There is a special
formula for this and ordinary pepper spray is not
recommended.

Carry on your belt so you’ll always be ready or set it
out at the camp so everyone has easy access to it. Some
states now have hunting laws requiring possession of a
defensive spray where bears are common. Check with your
local authorities.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Rob Cook

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