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I started using bells on my goats to help scare off mountain lions before we actually encounter them on the trail. I found that the cats generally run off when they hear clangy man-made noises. After I put them on, I realized that it helped me keep track of everyone on the trail without constantly turning around to look. Does anyone else put bells on their goats? If so, what other pros/cons have you found?
 

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Bells scare off the wildlife I like to see like moose, deer and elk. The noise drives me nuts on a beautiful walk. Love having a bells in camp or at a picnic. Idaho wolves may think its a dinner bell. All three goats have a bell that rings a different tone but on the same token I tell them apart by thier hoove beats.
 

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This topic reminded me of a joke I heard recently:

In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear confrontations, the Montana Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and be alert for bears while in the field.

...We advise that outdoorsmen wear small bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them, and to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter....

It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear droppings. Black bear droppings are smaller and contain lots of berries and fur. Grizzly bear droppings have little bells in it and smell like pepper.
 
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