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If you are camping in bear country – which includes many of our beautiful National Parks – you need to take some extra precautions. Bears have a tremendous sense of smell, and they are so strong they can rip out a car window or tear off a car door a lot easier than you might think.
Here are some bear-proofing tips:
- Don't store any food inside your vehicle or tent.
- Instead, use specially designed bear canisters, which are lightweight, durable plastic canisters that are virtually indestructible and bear-proof.
- Most parks recommend these bear canisters for all food, and some even require them.
- Bears have learned how to get to food caches suspended from tree branches, so do not rely on the old backpacker trick.
- If you're going camping in an area with bears, carry bear canisters, bear repellent, and watch out for bears near the campsites.
- Keep food prep to a minimum.
- Finally, please, oh, please do not feed the bears.
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