Chicago Bears fans, including a number of grizzly bear watchers, say they have been given an emergency spray that protects the animals from the fires in Illinois and in the rest of the country.
The emergency spray, called Bear Spray II, is a combination of a chemical spray and water that is supposed to be used as a last resort if there are a large number of fires, including one that has killed at least 18 bears and injured hundreds more in Montana.
It is not a mandatory order, but it can be triggered if there is a significant threat to life or property.
Bear spray is a widely used, non-lethal weapon that has been deployed by law enforcement agencies for years.
In some places, it has been used to prevent wildfires, but there are also reports of it being used as an emergency measure.
“If we have the opportunity to use it, we are going to,” Bears president Michael O. McVay said during an appearance on WGN Radio’s “WTF with Marc Maron” on Wednesday.
“We will do that.
We are going there.
We will use that tool.
We have an obligation to use that.
It’s a matter of life and death.
We need to do everything we can to save the bears.”
Bear spray has been widely used by law-enforcement agencies to control fires in other parts of the U.S. for years, and the agency that provides the spray has repeatedly stressed the safety of the animals in the event of an emergency.
It has also said that it has never ordered an emergency use of bear spray.
“Bear spray does not create a dangerous fire environment for bears, but when it comes to human safety, it’s the responsibility of the person who owns that property to use all the appropriate methods to contain that fire,” the Bear Spray website says.
“In the event that the fire is in an adjacent structure or within a vehicle, the vehicle must be out of the immediate vicinity of the fire and be completely contained.
No animals are allowed to leave the area.”
But the Bears are not the only NFL team to use the spray.
During an appearance with Maron last week, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was asked if the team had used it.
“Not yet, no,” Bridgewater said.