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Wyoming Game and Fish announces August Bear Spray giveaways

Wyoming Game and Fish will give its annual bear spray giveaway to Cody, Jackson, Lander and Pinedale, communities where bears coexist with hunters and anglers.

In partnership with the International Safari Club Foundation and the American Bear Foundation, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will distribute bear spray to hunters and anglers at no cost.

At each site, up to one hundred cans of bear spray will be given out to hunters or anglers on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must show a current Wyoming hunting or fishing license to receive a can of bear spray.

The cans will be available at the following locations:

  • Lander

    • Friday, August 19, at 9 a.m. Game and Fish Lander Regional Office, 260 Buena Vista Dr.
  • Pinedale

    • Thursday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. at the Game and Fish Pinedale Regional Office, 432 Mill St.
  • Jackson

    • Friday, Aug. 26, 9 a.m. at the Teton County Fairgrounds, 305 W. Snow King Ave.
  • Cody

    • Tuesday, August 30, 11 a.m. at the Cody Rodeo Grounds, 519 W. Yellowstone Ave

Courtesy Wyoming Game and Fish

This is the seventh year that Game and Fish has partnered with organizations to give away bear spray to Cody hunters and anglers.

“Bear spray is an effective deterrent in an aggressive bear encounter, and we hope that this effort will continue to raise awareness and remind recreationists in bear country to be prepared and stay safe,” said Kyle Garrett, Bear Wise Wyoming coordinator. “In addition to the raffle, Game and Fish will have top carnivore biologists on hand to talk about bear ecology, conservation and promoting proactive ‘Bear Wise’ behavior to reduce the potential for conflict.”

At several locations, participants will have the opportunity to practice using inert bear spray on a charging bear simulator.

The simulated bear is mounted on a rail system, allowing participants to deploy bear spray in a simulated sudden encounter with a charging bear.

“This is a great opportunity for people to practice using inert spray and for Game and Fish to promote safety as many hunters prepare for the fall season,” Garrett said.







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