"Thanks to God, a friend, and pepper
spray, I am still here."
Mark Matheny, President,
Mark Matheny is a Grizzly Bear Attack
Survivor and Produces UDAP Bear Deterrent
Deterrent Pepper Spray
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Bear deterrent pepper spray is a governed product by
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In order
for a manufacturer to make and sell a Bear
Deterrent, they must first obtain an EPA
registration number for their product.
are also allowed for distributors that want their
own brand but do not want to register their own
knows the importance of bear spray and that is why
we include a bear safety tips booklet with every
purchase of bear spray.
Bear deterrent or bear pepper spray is designed to
be sprayed in the face of a charging bear. It does
not matter if the bear is a grizzly (also known as a
brown bear or Kodiak), black,
or polar bear. Bear deterrent spray works on all
species of bear. Similar to the use of
for humans, bear pepper spray affects the eyes, nose
and throat of the bear.
personal pepper spray, bear spray is specifically
designed for this large predator.
Bear deterrent is
much stronger than personal protection sprays and
has a much higher volume of spray when released.
Bear deterrent sprays a further distance (30-35
feet) than small units designed for self defense and
sprays in a fog pattern instead of a stream, foam or
gel. A fog pattern pepper spray is much more
effective when stopping an animal because of the
fogs ability to be sucked into the airway of the
to tell Bear Spray from Pepper Spray
Pepper Sprays for your key
chain and the like would not work for bears. The
minimum size for bear pepper spray is 7.9 ounces or
225 grams. Each bear deterrent will contain an EPA
registration and establishment number, date code,
and the words “bear deterrent”, “bear spray”, “bear
pepper spray”, "bear mace" or “bear repellant”. Bear repellant
is not a very suitable word for this product and
only one manufacturer uses it. The word repellent
can confuse the user in to thinking they can spray
themselves or equipment like bug repellent spray.
This is NOT the proper way to use bear deterrent.
You need to spray the bear in the face as it is
charging for it to be used correctly. In 1999,
The EPA wanted to specifically label bear
pepper spray as a repellant. However, this mislead
the public and the venders to think this product was
to be applied to themselves and the site or
equipment like bug repellant spray. Mark Matheny
worked to change the word "repellant" to "deterrent"
to stop the misuse of the product and explain
further the proper use of the spray for deterring a
potential bear attack. Even though the words
deterrent and repellant have the same meaning,
repellant is used in relation to insect spray so
commonly that deterrent is a much better fit.
Bear pepper spray deterrent
is proven your best defense in stopping a bear
attack. Remember to carry your bear
pepper spray where it is
accessible and know how to use it.
You will be relying on your reflexes to help you get
your spray deployed into the face of a charging
bear. Practice several times going for your spray.
This simple step can be life saving.
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