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Old 05-18-2011, 01:54 PM   #1
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Just got a pop up a couple of weeks ago & so I have been reading alot!! I want to be as prepared as possible! Just read on another about bears and leaving food in pop up, even in the fridge. So should I not have food in the fridge, they mentioned just pop, bottles, or glass containers. Is this true??

We have several trips planned, but I don't think bears are really a worry where we are going. More worried about those pesky raccoons.

Our first trip is up to Kohler-Andrae state park in WI. Last year we did talk to someone at the nature center who mentioned that a few years ago they did have a young black bear cone thru but that it is very rare! Next trip is Peninsula state park, do they have bears? I thought I read that are rare there too!

Then in July we're going to Ludington state park in MI? Are there bears there?

Sorry but have no experience with bears. But I do know as with other wildlife it is very important to cleanup & put food/coolers away, so we always do that!

Any info on these CG's or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! As well as any experiences you have had. Thanks!
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I live in western Michigan near Grand Rapids. There are bear as far south as Grand Rapids. The park personal can advise you on how to handle your food situation. Follow there advice and all should go well. Happy camping.
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:30 PM   #3
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I wouldn't stress over.. Just ask the ranger on arrival about any bear related suggestions. If they are active in the area there are usually numerous warnings posted... We don't do real primitive sites but do a lot of state parks and never had any critter issues.

Up in the mountains of PA I have heard stories of bears in campgrounds. They seem to mostly target the trash bins and dumpsters. Guess they are easier targets. They come in feast on the trash and go back up the mountain. Never heard of an incident with people more then a sighting.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:34 PM   #4
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The only thing you have to worry about at Peninsula are racoons and the occasional skunk. And, if you plan to fish, the gobies will try to steal anything you put in the water.

I have never seen a bear in any of my times that I have camped at PSP.
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What are gobies??

Since no bears were spotted in PSP, can I have some food in pup or is it still a good idea to keep all food in the car.
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What are gobies??

Since no bears were spotted in PSP, can I have some food in pup or is it still a good idea to keep all food in the car.
A Gobie is a bottom dwelling exotic relatively new to the Great Lakes. Very small but very aggressive. I've had them strike on lures when fishing big walleye. Stupid annoying fish.




Kill them when you pull them in. The DNR will thank you.

You can certainly keep food in the pup. People in tents will keep food in coolers wedged under the picnic table so the raccoons can't open it or in their car.

When are you going to be up there?
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We're going to be there the second week of June.
So we can keep food in the pup, just closed up or sealed up? How about the fridge? We thought it would be great to have the fridge to keep the eggs, meat. & etc but now I'm not so sure! How about toiletries?
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We'll be up there the for two weeks at the end of June. Here's hoping for good weather for us both. PM me if you want any ideas on what is going on or what to do. Its a fun place.

You are fine to fully use your pup's kitchen and fridge for storage. Dry stuff packed away in cupboards and perishables in the fridge. There really is not anything to worry about.

The animals come out at night and they will get into any garbage left out or food that is not secured. Anything smelly attracts them so take out the garbage each night and pack the food up tight.
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Thanks! I feel much better now! I hope the weather is good too! I'm really tired of the cool rainy weather.
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I hope the weather is good too! I'm really tired of the cool rainy weather.
Amen to that, brother!
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