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Bear spray

What is it?

A spray specially intended for use with bears, not a self-defence product against dogs or human assailants. Discharging the spray creates a protective cloud between the user and the bear. The active ingrediant is Capsicum, a derivative of red pepper oil, which causes temporary inflamation of eye, nose and lung membranes. There are several manufacturers in North America; experts recommend that the Capsicum content comprise at least 0.9%.

Does it work?

Yes, independent scientific research has confirmed the effectiveness of such spray, which can even be more effective than a gun. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, bear spray is the best method for fending off threatening and attacking bears and for preventing injury. Results were recently published from a scientific study on the effectiveness of spray at detering bears. A total of 72 cases were analyzed in which people used bear spray in self-defence. The spray stopped the bear in 92% of cases and 98% of people carrying spray escaped injury. Among the authors of the study was Prof. Herrero, author of the well known book, "Bear attacks: their causes and avoidance". Their conclusion was that bear spray is very effective and people who spend time in areas with bears should consider carrying it.

Counter Assault is the original developer of "extinguisher-style" bear sprays and a leading manufacturer for over 20 years. Their bear spray contains 2.0% capsaicin and related capsaicinoids and has been repeatedly rated as the best, either meeting or exceeding all bear biologists' recommendations. The effectiveness of Counter Assault's products has been proven by the US National Park Service, the US Forest Service and the University of Montana.

Where can I get some?

  • From our office in Liptovská Porúbka. Contact us in advance to arrange a time.

  • By courier within Slovakia at an additional cost of €12 for post and packing.

  • In the Czech Republic from Hnutí DUHA, Olomouc.
  • Elsewhere within the European Union: contact us for a price quotation.
  • Special features of Counter Assault bear spray include non-freezing formula, glow-in-the-dark safety clip and a special tie attachment to prevent loss of safety clip. It is available in two sizes:

  • 230g (range 9 metres, duration 7.2 seconds) for €51 with belt holster.
  • 290g "Magnum" (range 10 metres, duration 9.2 seconds) for €59 with belt holster.

    Please send orders or queries to our email address, including the following: your full name, exact postal address and telephone number as well as the number and size of cans (230g or 290g) you want to order.