Partnership Promotes Safety with Bear Spray Giveaways and Training

In a partnership to raise awareness and promote safety, the Safari Club International Foundation, American Bear Foundation, Shoshone National Forest and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will distribute bear spray and provide training to members of the public at no cost next month.

Canisters will be available at the following locations:

Dubois – March 15 at 10 a.m. Dubois Town Park, 10 Bighorn Lane

Lander – March 16 at 10 a.m. Game and Fish Lander Regional Office, 260 Buena Vista Drive

Cody – March 20 at 10 a.m. Game and Fish Cody Regional Office, 2 Tilden Trail

Approximately 100 cans of bear spray will be given away on a first come, first served basis at each location.

In addition to the giveaway, participants will have the unique opportunity to practice using inert bear spray on “robo bear”, a remote-controlled mock charging bear that simulates a sudden encounter situation. Game and Fish and Forest Service biologists will also be available to discuss bear ecology and conservation, and promote “Bear Wise” proactive behavior to reduce conflict potential.

“These partnership events provide a great opportunity for people to practice and become proficient with bear spray and to promote safety as many folks prepare for the spring recreation and shed hunting season,” Bear Wise Wyoming Coordinator Mark Aughton said. “We hope this effort continues to raise awareness and remind those recreating in bear country to be prepared.”

For more information, please contact Mark Aughton at 307-527-7125.