Staying safe around bears

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Ways to keep bears away and stay safe.

  • Store all food in the trunk and if possible 100 feet from your tent.
  • Never store food in your tent as bears can smell a candy bar even if you have hidden it in a suitcase.
  • When eating, keep all food within arm’s reach and then when done eating put food away
  • Stay put if a bear shows up. Defend your camp but do not run as Bears are known for chasing people that run away.
  • Act tough and stay in a tight group. Scream, yell, stomp your feet and throw rocks.
  • Look away as bears consider direct eye contact to be a challenge.
  • Carry pepper spray and use it if needed. This will deter most bears. BUT beware, some bears may return after the pepper spray has worn off.
  • If a bear does take your food, let it go and do not chase the bear – food can be replaced.
  • Throw all trash in appropriate containers and take out of your campsite. Bears love the smell of soda and bear, LOL.