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Vital Advice For Berry Pickers

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Whether it is huckleberries or hiking, be sure you are bear aware before stepping outside.

John Fraley, FWP's information officer, considers all of Northwest Montana bear country.

He says to always carry pepper spray, which works on all species of bears, and to spray low rather than up high.

Fraley also advises, in a worst case scenario, to remain submissive when approached by a Grizzly Bear, but fight back if approached by a Black Bear.

"Especially huckleberry picking, which is really popular right now--it's fantastic," said Fraley, "The berry crop is moderate and those bears are going to be out there utilizing that same crop. So you need to keep your wits about you, number one: just keep your wits about you."

Bear spray expiration dates can vary from brand to brand. When buying a canister, consult the manufacturer for the product's useful lifetime.

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