Watch an expert demonstrate how to use bear spray

As part of the International Conference on Bear Research and Management being held in Anchorage this week, National Outdoor Leadership School Curriculum Manager John Gookin is holding public demonstrations through Wednesday on the Park Strip, at Ninth Avenue and G Street, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

[There's no good way to sugarcoat it: 'I bear sprayed myself in the face']

Monday's learning opportunity was about safety when a bear approaches. In this video, there are a few nuggets of information that might help if you find yourself staring down a grizzly on an Alaskan hiking trail.

Scott Jensen

After growing up in Anchorage, Scott Jensen embarked on a traveling TV photojournalism career that took him to big cities like Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis. He's back home now and produces video journalism for