My other good idea
Forestry safety gear -- how to not get your neck bitten by a mountain lion. Or, cougar, as we call them around here. In the last year or two of doing forestry fieldwork, we started having quite a few cougar encounters. That's scarier than dealing with bears as a fact of your work life. After seeing a cougar, you spend the whole rest of the day checking your backtrail -- frequently. A cougar will jump on the back of a deer and bite its neck to kill it.
I got treed by a cougar while working on snowshoes. And stalked by another -- also while on snowshoes. This meant packing two (2) cans of bearspray year round -- one in my cruise-vest (that also held work gear and supplies, first aid kit, emergency survival supplies, etc) and the other attached to a chest-pack in case I had to dump my cruise-vest and climb a tree in a hurry. Only happened once. Yes, you can climb a tree while wearing snowshoes -- if you really want to. I've still got my 24" Sherpa snowshoes with 2 " long 'snow claws'.