Camping in Bear Country

If you are going canoe camping, it is important to understand bear safety. There are many places throughout the country where bears with. Below are some tips to help you deal with potential bears while camping.

There’s a good chance if you are camping in any force that area within the United States, you are in bear territory. In fact, most major canoeing areas are considered bear country. Of course, the best way to keep from having problems with bears is to not have anything that will attract them.

There are several things you can do to keep from attracting bears. First, never can’t at a site where you find obvious bear signs that look fresh such as scat, tracks, or claw marks on trees. Second, never eat or store food in your tent. This rule also applies to scented items including lotions, soaps, and toothpaste. Before heading to bed or away from camp, ensure all your food is home a minimum of 10 feet above the ground. Otherwise, you need to use storage containers that are bear proof. Fish is a favorite food of tears, so never clean fish close to your campsite. Also, it is best to keep a clean campsite. Food residue and garbage will attract the bear to your site.

If you see a bear near your campsite, never feed it. When a bear becomes accustomed to being fed by humans, it can become a nuisance towards future campers and may even become dangerous. A bear will quickly learn to associate people with food.

If the bear comes into your campsite, there are steps you can take to help. If you encounter a black bear, you may be able to scare it away by banging loud objects gather, waving your arms, and shouting. It is unusual for a black bear to show aggression towards people. If a black bear does refuse to leave, you will need to change your campsite. If you encounter a grizzly bear, you will need to have bear spray and be prepared to use it.

Every year, thousands of people set up campsites in areas that are bear territory. I keep in the safety tips listed above in mind, you can safely camp there as well.