On Wednesday, Costco sent out an alert to customers who may have purchased UDAP Safety Orange Bear Spray between March 19, 2020 and August 6, 2020.

According to the notice, UDAP Industries Inc. has received two complaints where the canister failed to deploy when test fired.

 

Honestly, the last thing you want to deal with is your bear spray not working properly, especially in situations where you really need it.

Please check your canister(s) for the following lot codes: P1709, P1804, P1805, P1806, P1807, or P1817.

Before planning to travel into bear country, UDAP is asking everyone to test fire their bear spray outdoors away from people, pets, and buildings in accordance with the directions on the label. As per the label, a test fire should be a quick spray for less than a half second.

As per the label, a test fire should be a quick spray for less than a half second. If you have any issues or concerns after test firing your bear sprays, please contact UDAP Industries directly at (866) 232-7911 or email them at Support@UDAP.com.

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks has more advice on how to stay safe in bear country.

    • Inquire about recent bear activity in the area.
    • Carry and know how to use bear pepper spray for emergencies.
    • Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
    • Travel in groups of three or more people whenever possible and plan to be out in the daylight hours.
    • Stay on trails or rural roads.
    • Watch for signs of bears such as bear scat, diggings, torn-up logs and turned over rocks, and partly consumed animal carcasses.
    • Keep children close.
    • Make your presence known by talking, singing, carrying a bell, or other means, especially when near streams or in thick forest where visibility is low. This can be the key to avoiding encounters. Most bears will avoid humans when they know humans are present.
    • Use caution in areas like berry patches where bears occur.
    • Don't approach a bear; respect their space and move off.