The story I found most interesting (and quite scary) came from a couple guys who came into the store earlier this week. They relayed to Connie how they were tenting at Slough Creek. During the night they hear a bear clawing at their tent. They were prepared with a canister of bear spray but unfortunately as one of the men fumbled with the container he accidently gave himself a good dose of the spray directly into his face. He's not the first person I've heard of getting their face sprayed with bear spray. The other person I know who got a facefull of bear spray is a friend from Canyon who got sprayed when a friend was demonstrating to her how to use it. The friend did then mention something about that being the 3rd time she had accidently sprayed someone. Yikes!
I have bear spray, I've read how to use it but I hope that during a moment of panic I can stay calm enough to spray the bear and not myself. In the case of the men the bear eventually went away but one man had a teary memory of his close encounter with a bear where only a thin piece of nylon seperated him from the it.