How To ‘Bear-Proof’ Your Campsite

There are two main ways to prevent bears from invading your campsite:

  • Eliminate reasons for a bear to want to visit.
  • Compel a bear to leave or avoid a campsite.
  • The American Bear Association says a black bear can detect odors from more than a mile away. You want to eliminate as much foodlike aroma from your camp as possible.

    Before you leave home:

  • Know how to properly hang food out of a bear’s reach.
  • Pack food and other odorous items in odor-proof bags or containers.
  • Take airtight bags for trash, leftovers, clothes that you wore while cooking, etc.
  • Once you’re at your camping area:

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