Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario

A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)


is so much
to be feared
as fear itself.
  -- Henry D. Thoreau
  Journal, 1851

The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger (aka: LandNavMan), Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
Web site URL: http://therucksack.tripod.com • E-mail: mneiger@hotmail.com
Contents copyright © 1984-2007 by Michael A. Neiger • All rights reserved.


Bush skills

By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2001

Last updated on December 5, 2009

Contents of page

   Bear safety

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American Bear Association

American Black Bear

Bear Etiquette

Bear Facts--Traveling in Bear Country

Bear Information and Resources

Bear Safety--Dealing With Bears

Bear Safety--Things to Know for Hiking in Bear Country

Bear Safety Tips

Bear Wise--Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (5-16-07)

Black Bear Sign

Brown Bear Resources

Get Bear Smart Society

Great Bear Foundation

Mountain Nature Network--Bear Safety

North American Bear Center

Parks Canada Bear Information

Safe Conduct in Bear Country--Some Guidelines

Safety in Bear Country, Bear Facts, and Bear Encounter Stories
by Boy Scouts of America




Backcountry Bear Basics--The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Unpleasant Encounters, by David Smith (Mountianeers Books, 1997)

Bear Attacks--Their Causes and Avoidance, by Stephen Herrero (McClelland & Stewart, 1999)

Bear Aware--Hiking and Camping in Bear Country, by Bill Schneider (Falcon Publishing Co., 1996)

Bear Encounter Survival Guide, by Gary Shelton and James G. Shelton (1997)

Great American Bear, By Jeff Fair (Northword Press, 1994)

Great Bear Almanac, by Gary Brown (Lyons and Burford, Publishers, 1993)

Outwitting Bears--Living in Bear Country, by Gary Brown (Lyons Press, 2001)

Outwitting Critters, by Bill Adler, Jr. (Lyons & Burford, Publishers, 1992)

Safe Travel in Bear Country, by Gary Brown (Lyons Press, 1996)

Safety in Bear Country--A Reference Manual (Northwest Territories)

Safety in Grizzly and Black Bear Country, by Marianne Bromley (Northwest Territories, 1986)

Wild Animals of North America (National Geographic Society, 1995)



Bear-resistant canisters/bags


Counter Assault Bear Keg
   Molded plastic container

Garcia Machine
   Molded ABS plastic canister

Gio Enterprises
   Can made from aircraft-grade aluminum

Ursack Bear Bag
   Soft bag made from bullet-proof fabric

Wild Ideas, LLC
   Canister made of aerospace composites
   and carbon fiber; end caps made from aluminum

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In God's wilderness lies the hope of the world,
the great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.
— John Muir 1838-1914, Alaska Wilderness, 1890

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