Bear spray will be available to purchase or rent at Yellowstone National Park.
Wildlife scientists note that there is an average of one bear attack each year in the park sometimes resulting in death. Bear safety is no joke! The company Bear Aware is making its pepper power spray available to park visitors beginning May 23.
The product will be available at the Canyon Village Visitor Center. Cans will be sold for $49.99, however can also be rented for a day for $9.25 or for seven days at $28. Returning the bear spray cans will be easy with service station bins available in Mammoth and Old Faithful areas.
Bear spray canisters cannot be taken on an airplane and can be toxic to others if thrown in the trash. Recycling receptacles for purchased cans are located in various areas throughout Yellowstone Park.
For more information on bear safety and the proper use of bear spray, visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/bsdeter.htm