Bear attack in popup

Discussion in 'Camping Around Wildlife' started by Mtlangst, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. sleach

    sleach A short run will get you within walking distance.

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    May 17, 2014
    Boulder, Colorado
    In Colorado and adjoining states north and south where we travel and camp we have had only one incident in many years of tent and trailer camping. That was due to our leaving the empty day trip cooler out overnight. Black bear opened it just to get at the smell. We still use that cooler, it has character in the form of tooth marks. We have a standard after dinner drill of clean up, trash to dumpster if available, all food of all types goes in coolers, then in the pickup cab and is covered by an old blanket.

    The biggest bear hazards in Colorado are in places like Aspen, Vail, and other resorts where tourists intentionally set food out to attract bears. They do not realize they are habituating the animals to unnatural food sources and making them lose their fear of humans. Bears then expect food and become aggressive to get it. Every year several bears are euthanized because of aggressive behavior. This goes on despite heavy fines for attracting the bears or other wildlife. Maybe we are euthanizing the wrong animals...….

    End of sermon.
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  2. Ladiesman

    Ladiesman Active Member

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    Feb 6, 2018
    I cant imagine how terrifying it would be to have a big ole Bear ripping at your canvas.
  3. Toedtoes

    Toedtoes Well-Known Member

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    May 28, 2018
    What folks above is pretty much the standard answers.

    Yosemite doesn't allow any food to be kept outside the bear box, including coolers. Another park says it is OK to keep food in your vehicle. Another says out of sight in the pup is fine. Understanding and following the rules for each place you go is the best thing you can do.

    As mentioned, an individual bear may become a problem at one campground - so the rangers will change the rules accordingly. Another campground may not have that problem bear so the rules are minimal.

    From what I've seen, the rules seem to progress as follows:

    Keep food and coolers in a vehicle at night.

    Keep food in a bear box and coolers out of sight in a vehicle at night.

    Keep food and coolers in the bear box at night.

    Keep food and coolers in the bear box at all times.

    No softsided campers allowed.

    One can see the progression of the bear's familiarity. At the lowest level, it's just about a basic securing of food. Then it becomes about the bear recognizing the cooler by sight regardless of smell, then it's about the bears not being fearful of humans.

    There are videos all over showing bears wandering through parking lots trying car doors and/or going straight for the cooler in the back of pickups. These bears no longer need scent to bring them out - they recognize cars and coolers as potential food sources and will seek them out regardless of smells.
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