When I was at the trading post at the bottom of Mt. Whitney I saw a few people buying and walking around with bear spray. I have spent a fair few nights in bear country and with no issues. I thought it was interesting that these people were carrying spray and we were only in Black Bear land, no Grizzlies. I did see a Black Bear but didn’t feel in danger. I wonder if the people with the spray were also taking precautions with how they stored their food so as not to attract bears? I’ve always thought that being smart when in bear country is the best prevention. What are your thoughts?