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Old 05-25-2016, 04:30 PM   #11
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One of the spots we camp at for the past 3 years has an active bear population and each site has lockable bear boxes.
We camp with the bunk ends open and have never had a problem.
A ranger once told me the whole idea is to keep the bears from entering your campsite in the first place. Bears are on a mission and won't waste time if pickings look slim. Bears learn coolers are a potential source of food and will check out even if the cooler is empty or just contains water. So hide the cooler in the bear box or at least cover it with a tarp.
If you like to feed the birds, leave the seed at home. Birdseed is candy to a bear.
My wife loves bears and her idea of a dream vacation is the North American Bear Center in middle-of-nowhere Minnesota. We saw one 2 years ago on the road near the park and it made her day. I'd just as soon see one on tv.
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:54 PM   #12
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Thanks. Good tips. I figure that if we keep it cleaner and take more precautions than half the other people, we will have nothing to worry about.


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I'm probably way too late to comment on your post but the wife and I have camped in Elkmont numerous times in our Jayco Kiwi hybrid. All of our food was kept in the fridge and pantry. One time a bear entered our campsite. He didn't care about the Kiwi. He was only interested in the drippings he smelled at the fire pit.
BTW- site F8 is the best in the park- IMHO
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:52 PM   #14
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Soft shell campers or soft shell bunks are like ziplock bags...they keep the food fresh for the bears to eat.
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:43 PM   #15
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Thanks. Good tips. I figure that if we keep it cleaner and take more precautions than half the other people, we will have nothing to worry about.


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Yeah, you just need to be better than the other people. Kind of like running from a bear - you don't need to be faster than the bear, only faster than the slowest person!
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Yeah, you just need to be better than the other people. Kind of like running from a bear - you don't need to be faster than the bear, only faster than the slowest person!
Exactly! We had a great trip and didn't see any bears in camp, but elsewhere in the park we did. I found that I was looking over my shoulders a lot while fly fishing.

Great place and we are already planning on going back next year. Thanks for the tip on the site Brimare57
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BTW- site F8 is the best in the park- IMHO
I just zoomed into your picture and realized that I caught my first trout of the trip right in front of that site. I remember it now, and it is a great spot.

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