The NW Montana area is a vast outdoor playground; every year countless hikers, runners, skiers, hunters, loggers, and fisherman all spend considerable time in the backcountry. Bears share the forested mountain slopes and grassy foothills with the iconic grizzly bear. And it’s important that anyone who plans to spend time in these wild places to know how to stay safe in bear country. Even if you plan to go out and harvest a few timbers, it’s important to remember that there could bears in the same area.
First and foremost, it’s important to know that many bear attacks occur because a person surprised the bear. They were hiking, biking, etc. quietly enough that the bear didn’t hear them coming and, when the bear was confronted and surprised, it attacked. It’s always a good idea to talk and make enough noise that any bear in the area is aware of your prescience and can leave the area before you arrive (Most every time the bear will leave the area when they hear people). One method to make noise is to sing. You can sing whatever you like, the bears will never complain about the sound quality of your voice. If you are hiking in a large group then it’s likely that any loud conversation is enough to warn the bears.
If you are hunting, then it’s likely that you are trying to make as little noise as possible. Unfortunately, every year hunters do have run-ins with grizzlies. The number one way to keep safe while hunting is to carry bear spray. The spray will act as a deterrent in the event that you surprise a bear. Just remember to acquaint yourself with how to use it (While practicing removing the safety cap, don’t make the mistake of igniting the spray indoors or into the wind!)
Hopefully you enjoy the many outdoor opportunities available in NW Montana and the Kalispell area. And if you need a quality machine from forestry equipment to an excavator, Reddig Equipment has you covered.