Meaning of bear bell in English:

bear bell


North American
  • (Chiefly in plural) a bell attached to a rucksack, walking stick, etc., to signal the presence of a person walking in an area frequented by bears.

    Bear bells are carried in the hope that the sound will encourage a bear to leave the area, and not be startled by a person's sudden appearance, though their efficacy is debated.


1970s; earliest use found in The Oakland Tribune.