I suspect they bring the guns for the noise factor, NoahGrey. Black bears don't always run--they're extremely curious. I've been approached twice now--and I've only ever met two bears on the ground.
My high-pitched yelling is not impressive (I think it takes on an almost hysterical tone in those situations
), but an air horn or a pistol makes enough noise to get a bear's attention and send it packing.
Does anyone know how many more dogs might be out there?
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