when they were living there. So they went to one of the National Parks in the beautiful mountain ranges of the State. The park ranger gave them some pointers before their trek.
“This is bear country,” he said, “so it’s important to be aware of your surroundings. Also, I recommend you buy two items at the Park store before you set out: a bell necklace and a can of mace.
“The necklace is so that you don’t surprise any bears–they can hear you coming when they hear the bells jingle. Most bears will avoid human contact if they can.
“However, if the bells do not deter them, that’s what the mace is for. A bear’s nose is very sensitive–so if they appear aggressive, even a short spray of mace in their direction will cause most of them to turn away.
“Bears are very territorial. And in this area, there are two kinds of bears: Brown bears and Grizzly bears. If you run across any bear droppings, you can usually tell which type of bear is in that area.
“Brown bears love berries–especially blue-berries. So their droppings will have berry seeds in them.
“Grizzly bear droppings, on the other hand, contain little bells and smell like mace.”