A flare? Have you ever seen the amount of flaming material that just falls off
a flare? I wouldn't want to be responsible for the bill that would accrue
from fighting a fire started by a flare I was using to frighten away coyotes. I
also know that there may be a lot of snow up there, but it isn't always so.
Predators fear of people in the past was learned behavior due to being shot at,
that is rarely the case now days. They don't have an inborn fear of humans.
Perhaps one could carry a flare if a gun makes you uncomfotable? All animals
have a fear of fire.
People should consider carrying a weapon when in the wild.I had a
similar encounter with a large dog walking on aBountiful street. I was
carrying a weapon so I wasn't afraid.They say dogs can sense fear,
but I was able to genuinelyremain calm (because of the pistol I had) and
my calmnesshelped diffuse the situation.