I was wondering about the effectiveness of those little bells people wear to alert bears to their presence. I know people joke about them a lot, but is there any particular reason why they wouldn't work?
My biggest concern comes from something that was told to me by a park ranger when I was a kid. He said that whistling wasn't a good idea because bears didn't associate the noise with humans. I'm worried that the same would be true for bells.
On the other hand, a bear that's never run into a human before wouldn't associate anything with us, so maybe the whistling thing was BS. I guess it's possible that bears would mistake whistling with birds singing, thereby rendering it ineffective. I was in cub scouts when I was told this, so it's also possible that I'm remembering the ranger's advice wrong all these years later.
It's easy enough to strike up a conversation when in the woods with someone else, but when alone I get tired of babbling to myself.
Do you guys think a bell or other noise maker would be a good thing to carry?
(Sorry if this post hasn't made any sense, I'm very tired.)