June 29, 2021

Will YOUR bear spray work when you need it?

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Blog Post | Information & Education | Safety

Recently the Government of Canada has issued a recall on bear spray due to the canisters not functioning properly when individuals need to use them for bear protection.

So far there are 4 various bear sprays that are affected and are included in the recall:

  • FRONTIERSMAN BEAR ATTACK DETERRENT with yellow nozzle in 225 gram and 325 gram containers
    • PCP Reg. no 26619
  • FRONTIERSMAN XTRA BEAR ATTACK DETERRENT with yellow nozzle in 225 gram and 325 gram containers
    • PCP Reg. no 28410
  • SABRE WILD MAX BEAR ATTACK DETERRENT with yellow nozzle in 225 gram and 325 gram containers
    • PCP Reg. no 29114
  • SABRE WILD BEAR ATTACK DETERRENT with yellow nozzle in 225 gram and 325 gram containers
    • PCP Reg. no 29357
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The affected products can be identified by yellow nozzles and expiry dates of:

  • March 2024
  • August 2024
  • September 2024
  • October 2024
  • November 2024
  • December 2024

The expiry date is located on the bottom underside of the canister.

Hazard identified
Affected products could cause safety issues because their canisters do not function properly as they will not spray when users need them for protection against bears.
As of June 18, 2021, the company has received no reports of injury in Canada.

Number sold
Approximately 130,000 units of the affected products were sold in Canada.

Time period sold
The affected products were sold from February 2021 to June 2021. 

Place of origin
Manufactured in USA



Kodiak Wildlife Products Inc.
North Sylva Sports
World Famous Sales of Canada
Direct Factory Sales Limited
Nigava Sports Distribution

What you should do

Consumers should immediately return the products to the place of purchase for a replacement or a refund.
Health Canada would like to remind consumers to always read the label first before using pesticides and follow all label instructions.

You can find the direct link to the Government of Canada Recall here: https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2021/75891r-eng.php

Importance of Bear Protection

This recall highlights the importance of practicing bear safety anytime you are outdoors. We spoke with Colin Dowler about a horrific grizzly bear attack he survived by using his pocket knife, but wished that he had bear spray. You can hear more about Colin’s story in The Silvercore Podcast, Episode 9- Grizzly Bear Attack.

If you, or anyone you know spends time in the outdoors and would like to learn more about bears, avoidance and protection, our Online Bear Defence course will help you avoid dangerous encounters and provide you with strategies to survive aggressive run ins with predatory wildlife.

To provide you with the best, Silvercore’s bear defence courses were created in partnership with James Gary Shelton, the bestselling author on bear behaviour. Many students choose to take this online course to complement their training in conjunction with Silvercore’s Bear Defence Shotgun Course.


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