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Yellowstone Bear Spray Recycling Program Enters Third Year

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BOZEMAN -

Yellowstone National Park is encouraging people to recycle their bear spray cans when they no longer need them.

Yellowstone spokesperson Dan Hottle said this is the third year for the program that seeks to help the environment.

"One of the ways we could contribute to that is to rid our landfills of bear spray cans," said Hottle.

You can drop off your used or expired bear spray can at many locations in and around the park, including F.W.P. and National Forest Service offices. You can even leave them at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.

They cannot take their bear spray on the plane," said Hottle. "Those people don't need it out of the states of Montana and Wyoming when they go back to the Midwest."

Yellowstone then collects the cans and recycles them in a device developed by Montana State University Students.

Eliza Prescott is the Bear Spray Awareness Program Coordinator for the Keystone Conservation. She said recycling bear spray after the expiration date is important.

"What happens is not the actual active ingredient that is necessarily bad, but it is the propellant so it won't spray as far," said Prescott.

Bear Spray Typically goes about 20 to 30 feet before it expires. Prescott said making sure your can says bear spray or bear repellant is also key because it is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Anything else isn't designed for bears.

"They do make smaller containers that have the same ingredients, but it is meant for people," said Prescott. "It is essentially mace."

Bear spray can recycling is only currently offered in the Yellowstone area.

For a list of locations recycling bear spray cans or to learn more about the recycling program, click here.

 

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