I've always been under the paranoia that you have to keep an ultra clean camp site in order to keep animals away. I get the concept, but after being with a family who camps in the forest where bears live in az for 4 weeks straight, I noticed they weren't concerned about it at all. They left plenty of food out, cooked/uncooked, a trash can next to their trailer, and said for 25+ years they've been going there and have never once seen a bear. Now maybe they're less fearful because they're hunters w equipment vs me who is not a hunter nor do I have any weapon, but I was wondering if it's really all that warranted to worry about this issue? We only camp for about 2 days right now.