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Old 06-27-2013, 09:29 AM   #11
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Actually, urine odor is a bear attractant.

HowStuffWorks "10 Ways to Attract Bears to Your Campsite"
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:51 AM   #12
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HI

I saw a nature show and in one scene the bears are attracted to citronella. Citronella was rubbed on a tree and a bear came by and rubbed itself all over to get covered by the smell.

I have camped in northern Ontario in a high density bear area. Bear proof boxes are not provided by Ontario Parks so the food etc goes in the car/van. I have had paw prints in the campsite and prints on the rear glass of the mini van some mornings. Bears are only interested in food and interesting smells and know when people are around and avoid them unless confronted.

I now have a 5th so a little less worry.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:48 AM   #13
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Primitive camped in Ontario - really primitive. Just camped on provincial land in the woods in a tent. Dug a hole for the latrine. There were bears around, as they left their "scat" behind. They did not, however, dig in our latrine, or disturb it in any way. Don't you think bears know you're there?? They can smell human presence, no matter how much stuff you put in your car, it the bear boxes, etc.
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:27 AM   #14
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Actually, urine odor is a bear attractant.

HowStuffWorks "10 Ways to Attract Bears to Your Campsite"
Interesting article to read. Never thought about changing clothes after cooking the breakfast bacon. In the end there are too many things to worry about for me to be camping in bear country.
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Remember when camping in bear country you should wear bell on your shoes and carry bear (pepper) spray. You can always tell the type of bear in your area by checking the scat. If the scat contains berry and nut it is most likely a black bear. If the scat smells like pepper and contains bell is is grizzly bear.
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:29 PM   #17
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This reminds me of the movie wild hogs when the guy puts his crap in a bag and hangs it in a tree so the bears don't get it. The other Guys proceeded to laugh and tell him that bears don't eat ****.
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Remember when camping in bear country you should wear bell on your shoes and carry bear (pepper) spray. You can always tell the type of bear in your area by checking the scat. If the scat contains berry and nut it is most likely a black bear. If the scat smells like pepper and contains bell is is grizzly bear.
That was absolutely hilarious. With a nick name like that, are you from Cape Breton by chance?
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Yea, I have checked with rangers, all of whom won't give advice but simply report on if there has been bear activity or not in that area.

I appreciate the real world experience everyone has shared. Frankly the jokes (most of them quite old) are not useful but simply fill up space on the thread.

FYI my experience has been that while I have always put all smelly products in the car (ie. soap, food, sunscreen, etc) I have never seen a bear interested in the vault toilet - which smells much worse than my cassette will. I have also surveyed local PUP owners and 100% of them keep sealed food in the fridge inside the PUP and 100% of the men frequently pee right out the camper or tent door (out of laziness). So, using the cassette toilet in areas where bear activity isn't extreme seems relatively safe to me. In other words, all smells present theoretical risk, but I bet the risk of dying on the drive to/from campsite is statistically higher than a bear run-in using decent (not extreme) judgement.
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...Frankly the jokes (most of them quite old) are not useful but simply fill up space on the thread...
Lighten up, laugh and enjoy life. All threads are subject to jokes.
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