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>The Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife is advising hikers, hunters, anglers, and golfers to take extra precautions and keep alert for polar bears while in the wilderness.
They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert, but not startle the polar bears unexpectedly. They also advise the carrying of pepper spray in case of an encounter with a polar bear. It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of polar bear activity.
People should recognize the difference between small young polar bear and large adult polar bear droppings. Young polar bear droppings are smaller and contain fish bones and possibly seal fur. Adult polar bears droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper spray.