Keeping Bear Encounters To A Minimum Through Smell

Avoiding a bear in bear country is not rocket science. Bears are all about smell, and they will investigate any smell that intrigues them or makes them curious. That said, the easiest way to avoid a bear is to not put smells around you and your campsite that might cause them to come looking. There are some very easy steps that you might take to keep the bears away while camping, and this article will take you through them.

One of the first mistakes that people make when they go into the wilderness is to wear a ton of perfumes, colognes, or deodorants. Any fragrance that stands out is a potential bear magnet. If you plan on smelling good, make sure it is a natural smelling product. The best way to do so is to allow yourself to become “one” with nature while you are out there. The smells are definitely going to attract bears even if they do keep insects away.

Food is the number one reason that bears come calling around campsites. This can be anything from a little piece of fish left over in the pan, to an open bag of Cheeto’s in your tent. A bear can smell the tiniest bit of food and is generally not shy about investigating. Here are some tips to make sure you avoid the food problem.

First you will want to eat quickly. In other words do not sit and chew on a chicken bone for hours on end. The shorter amount of time that the food is in the air, the shorter amount of time the bear will have to smell it. You also want to avoid particularly strong smelling foods such as fish, and cheeses. These foods linger on the air for hours, and will certainly ring the bear’s dinner bell.

When you finish eating, make certain that you dispose of the food in airtight containers or bags. The bears will have much harder time picking up the scents when you do this. It is extra work, but well worth the trouble if it keeps a grizzly bear out of your campsite. Also make sure you never leave food or drink laying around. This is the worst thing you can do. A simple candy bar has drawn in bears with deadly circumstances.

Another key to eliminating scents that draw in bears is to make sure you keep your campsite clean. Trash is as bad as food, and you will can be sure that a bear will check out a dirty campsite. As an added note, you should always make certain that you clean and prepare your food in a separate place from your tents and camping area. It is not a bad idea to actually eat away from the campsite as well. This will at least put some distance between you and the bear if he comes sniffing around.

The final thing to remember is to clean and change your clothing regularly. The clothes get a food smell and will also draw the bears. You do not want a bear to come investigating that food smell that is in your shirt or pants. This is not a good situation.

If you use common sense and pay attention to what you are doing, you should be able to avoid a bear confrontation. The occasional bear human encounter will happen regardless of your caution, but taking these precaution will help to diminish your odds.


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