Study: Rubber bullets best bear deterrent

January 26, 2010 by  
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Images The results of a 4-year study in California’s Sequoia National Park indicate that shooting black bears with rubber slugs from a 12-gauge shotgun is the most-effective deterrent–and superior to pepper spray or other methods. Details of the study—which involved 1,050 incidents—appear in the current issue of The Journal of Wildlife Management. The Anchorage Daily News.


2 Comments on "Study: Rubber bullets best bear deterrent"

  1. Ed Harris on Tue, 26th Jan 2010 1:20 PM 

    A good friend of mine lives in a residential area frequented by prowling black bears who use his carport and trash cans as a “buffet.” Roger keeps a single-barrel H&R Topper 12-ga. by the kitchen door. Banging pots and pans together runs them off, but as they reach the treeline he fires a 12-ga. rubber buckshot round as additional encouragement. He lives in town and is lucky that the local constabulary and game rangers are tolerant.

  2. Tim Crump on Tue, 26th Jan 2010 9:37 PM 

    I bet the study didn’t evaluate the traditional use of a .22 caliber gun as a bear deterrent. The correct method is just before running like hell, you shoot your friend in the knee with the .22…..then run.

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