Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

Just out: Tasers for bears, moose, etc.

The folks at Taser International believe they’ve found an effective less-than-lethal way to deal with aggressive bears, moose, elk and other large animals.

Essentially, they’ve souped up and weatherproofed the law-enforcement version of the electrically powered stun gun.

According to this Arizona Republic article, wildlife officials seem excited to have the device in their arsenal. The animal-rights loonies at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals don’t like it one bit, naturally. They believe problem animals would simply go away “if left alone.”

At a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,995, don’t expect to see wildlife Tasers  hanging on the hips of too many bear-country hikers or fishermen. My guess is they’ll be used mainly by biologists, park rangers and wildlife law enforcement officers.