Although this is not an actual hunting question, this part of the forum seemed the most appropriate for this kind of question.
Im a Dane and im scheduled to hike around in Alaska from early june to early july, as part of both a seminar i'll be attending but also (and primarily) as a tourist.
Hearing all these stories about bear encounters and such, i get the feeling that they do not deliberately attack humans, but could still be unpredictable (correct me if im wrong). Thus i was wondering about the laws concerning the lease of rifles to a tourist. Im a former danish army sargent with more than enough rifle knowledge and I do not fall into the "previously convicted of anything" or "on serious medication" categories, so what are my options regarding protection by rifle while trekking? It is ofcourse implied that I do not intend to hunt anything.
In general I guess perhaps I'd like someone to let me know whether a rifle is even necessary or if I should definitely consider it.
Thanks in advance