The Bear Stick has been featured in the CBC News! Here’s a snippet:
A Thunder Bay man has combined his interest in martial arts and hiking to create what he thinks is an effective bear deterrent.
Jim Morris is marketing what he calls The Bear Stick, which was developed from an idea he had while hiking. He said it’s similar to a Jo, a weapon used in the martial art Aikido.
“About 12 years ago my wife and I started hiking and we both used a Jo as a walking stick,” he said.
“It helped with balance up and down hills and in the back of my mind I thought ‘well if I’ve got the Jo, [if] a bear attacks, I can fend him off.’ Then I started thinking ‘well the Jo is a wooden staff, and that is not gonna do much good.”