Clinic consultation

Spray-Free Bear Clinic at Mendenhall Glacier

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The Mendenhall Glacier is holding a bear spray-free clinic.

Teresa Whipple leads the class at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center with Ursa Major Training and Consulting.

Participants will practice using pepper spray on a moving target to prepare for the unfortunate situation in which they might encounter an aggressive bear.

“This year the presentation is definitely going to include when should I use it, in what situation might I need it, what should I do if,” Whipple talks more about what the class will focus on this year.

Before resorting to pepper spray as a deterrent, Whipple says the biggest prevention is making a lot of noise on the trails.

She says most of the time if the bears hear you coming they will stray 20 feet off the trail to avoid you and come back once you leave, so be loud or even bring a speaker with you during the break.

“The idea behind bear spray is that when you’re so uncomfortable you have to use it, you’ve practiced using it. Because it’s a tool and any tool you don’t don’t know how to use properly. is going to be useless to us,” Whipple explains why they’re hosting the course.

If you use bear spray, be careful not to get it near your eyes!

The course will take place on April 30 at 1:00 p.m.

The website to register is

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