SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST MANAGERS URGE THE PUBLIC TO BE BEAR AWARE!
Jul 01, 2017 08:45AM ● Published by Editor
Especially when camping, ALL food, cooking equipment, and garbage should be stored out of reach of bears or in a certified bear-resistant container. Be aware that bears may also find the smell of toothpaste, lipstick, scented personal hygiene products, sunscreen, clothing with food odor, etc. attractive. A bear can even smell a candy bar wrapper inside a tent. A clean campsite is much less likely to catch the attention of bears in the area.
Here are some important points:
- Once a meal is concluded, the cooking equipment should be washed immediately and away from the sleeping area. Toiletries, food and garbage should be placed in a bear-resistant container, out of view in a hard-sided vehicle or hung out of reach by hanging the food pack from a high line between two trees. The bag should be located at least twelve feet above ground and at least six feet from the trees on either side.
- Don’t count on a cooler to protect your food. Coolers are not bear-resistant containers. Bears can smell bottled beverages and food in plastic coolers. Once a bear is rewarded with food or something sweet in one cooler or tent, it learns to bite and tear into other tents and coolers.
- Dispose of fish remains by traveling well away from campsites, trails, portages and shorelines.
- Avoid leaving food unguarded at the end of a portage. If it is not in a bear-resistant container, it is an easy target and can teach a bear to frequent the portage.
To learn more about safe living and camping or hiking in bear country, check out: http://www.bebearaware.org/
Specifics regarding certified bear resistant products is available at:
Release Date: Jun 28, 2017
Contact(s): Kristina Reichenbach, 218-626-4393
Photo courtesy of the North American Bear Center