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A new minute-long demonstration video and 30-second public service announcement aim to promote the use of bear spray among hunters.

Renowned hunting journalist Craig Boddington, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and the Wildlife Management Institute produced the clip, which can be viewed on igbconline.org and on outdoors-oriented cable channels.

In the video, the camera follows Boddington, bear spray in holster and gun in hand, as he hikes through mountains and stream bottoms on the Boone and Crockett Club’s Theodore Roosevelt Ranch on the Rocky Mountain Front west of Dupuyer. Boddington uses a can of inert spray to demonstrate deployment while carrying a rifle.

Boddington relays some important statistics as well.

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“I trust my life to bear spray because the research is clear: Bear spray stopped grizzly bears 92 percent of the time and prevented injury 98 percent of the time,” he says.

Conflicts between hunters and grizzlies have increased in the Northern Continental Divide and Yellowstone ecosystems in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, resulting in human injuries and bear mortalities that could delay recovery and delisting of the species.

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