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Because there had been a few incidents with bears, the National Park Service decided to post warning signs at the start of all the hiking trails in Glacier National Park, as well as a few other national parks. The posted notice advised hikers to be on constant alert for bears, and to take extra precautions in order to avoid an unhappy encounter.
The notice advised hikers that little bells with clips were available for sale in all the park’s gift shops, and that it would be a good idea to buy a few of those and clip them on their clothing before hiking. Bears will generally only attack if they are startled, and the noise of the bells coming from a distance would prevent them from being startled. The notice also contained the advice to buy some pepper spray, also available at the gift shops, and if a bear happened to get too close, then spraying just a bit of it into the air would irritate the bear’s sensitive sense of smell, and he would then make his way off.
The last bit of advice was to keep an eye out for bear scat, which would inform them whether or not bears were in the area. Well-informed hikers should have no trouble distinguishing black and brown bear scat from grizzly bear scat.
And so one day a man and his wife, novices to the adventures of hiking, were standing at the head of the trail, staring at this sign. They were debating whether or not they needed to make a quick trip to the gift shop before heading up the trail. The husband didn’t think it was necessary, and the wife thought it was a good idea.
Just then one of the park workers was walking by, and so the wife quickly asked him. “How do you tell the difference between different kinds of scat?”
He stopped, and scratched his chin for a moment, thinking. “Well,” he said. “Black and brown bear droppings are smaller, and you can usually see berries, leaves, and sometimes little bits of fur.”
“Okay,” the two said. “And what about grizzlies?”
“Oh, you can’t make a mistake there. Grizzly bear droppings have little bells in them, and they smell like pepper spray.”
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Only fit for the blackest coffee you can stomach. Come November, you might find the beverage inside is a bit hotter than normal, with no qualifications.
Every happy camper needs a unique camper mug. It’s lightweight, durable and multifunctional. Use it for your favorite beverage or a hot meal, and attach it to your bag for easy access on a hike.
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