We are Alaskans but my wife originally came from the top of Maine. She used to travel back there to help take care of the oldsters from time to time. In the summer here we spend most of our time in the woods. We have two wilderness places, one fairly close to Anchorage which she watches out over and mine, which is in the mountains 310 miles away.
We have bear problems in Alaska, especially where I am, so I have three friends who watch out over me, Smith & Wesson and Winchester. I am very skeptical about bear spray and little bells for protection, another story another time. At our close place, there really isn't a bear problem at all, you never know about the two legged variety though.
One time, I got back in to town right after she got back from Maine. She was all worked up. Turned out as she changed planes in Boston they found her can of bear spray in her hand carry. Wow, it is a wonder she isn't still doing time and that was before 9/11. I wasn't sympathetic, "What the he-l you thinking about anyway traveling with bear spray", which is the same as pepper spray and mace. Up until a few years ago she was still getting threatening letters from the Feds, which irritated her no end.