pepper spray

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pepper spray

A chemical derived from chili peppers (capsaicin) that irritates the eyes, mucous membranes, and bronchi. It is commonly used by law enforcement personnel against individuals to help subdue and apprehend them.
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To measure behavioral intentions, hikers were asked, "How likely are you to do the following things while hiking in Yellowstone National Park?" The six items were: 1) make noise by clapping or shouting, 2) personally carry bear spray, 3) look for signs of bears, like scat and tracks, 4) hike in a group of three or more people, 5) carry bear spray in an accessible place, like a hip holster, and 6) run if you see a bear (item was reverse coded).
The construction boss had told me to mark the perimeter the bulldozer was to take, and so armed with my GPS, a roll of surveyors tape, the bear spray and a long buck knife in my rubber boots, I was soon swallowed by the trees.
The bear spray Sonya used on him also sometimes while they helplessly watched.
"We needed bear spray to keep the bears away, because there were lots of bears up there when you're camping at night." Then there was the time he and Jake Gyllenhaal, a friend since the actor appeared on Man vs Wild last season, decided to go for a leisurely boat ride in the Santa Monica Bay.
Bear spray stopped the bear at 9 feet--but then the bruin resumed the attack.
Naturally, we had neither bear spray nor a high-powered gun.
They did not have guns as the school says bear spray is the best way to guard against such an attack.
Bear spray _ pressurized hot-pepper residue in a can _ is effective in stopping aggressive bears, they said.
Interviewer: So they sprayed bear spray at a time when everyone is getting off the elevators to go home?
I wasn't much reassured by our guides armed with bear spray, who told us no one had been devoured by a grizzly "recently".
"That means making sure people keep clean camps and yards, carry bear spray and are prepared to stay safe in grizzly country."
Rubbert covers what makes some bears charge while others retreat, the best way to avoid confrontations altogether, the use of bear spray, cover making noise, remaining calm, staying together, retreating, encountering surprised bears, habituated bears, bears with cubs, and bears on carcasses.