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Q&A What are the pros and cons of a bear can vs an Ursack?

There are basically two bear-resistant containers meant for storing food while backpacking, bear canisters and Ursacks. What are the pros and cons of each?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Do Glacier National Park (USA) backcountry camps have bear poles / bear canisters?

In Glacier National Park (USA), there are 63 backcountry campgrounds. I looked at the backcountry campground website including the map and campsite information. Are there bear poles/boxes at back...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How serious is bear safety in the sub-polar Ural / Komi Republic / Yugyd Va?

In Norway, Sweden, and Finland, there are resident bears, but they rarely go near people, nobody practices the kind of bear safety that is necessary in parts of North America, and this does not lea...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I get away with less advanced food storing methods if backpacking in areas where meeting bears is unlikely?

A page like this one, as well as a number of questions on this site, discuss how to pack food safely from bears. What about other animals? This post advises a pretty sophisticated way to protect ...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Black Bear Deterrents

Does anyone know of passive, enduring ways to deter Black Bears from entering an area? Hopefully an ecologically friendly way. The area is a homestead in forest with livestock and an extensive gar...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by JKHolmes‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are bears attracted by Lotions and Perfumes?

Bears are mostly attracted by smell of food. That is why we are supposed to keep the food items in airtight and sealed packs or preferably finish up all the food (cooking and consuming) far away fr...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question hiking safety bears
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Q&A how high does a fence need to be to prevent European brown bear to climb it?

An entrepreneur is planning a campsite-hotel in Romania, with a full outdoor gourmet restaurant attached, with an outdoor kitchen. There will be no cabins or other living structures, only tents an...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by yannn‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question camping safety bears
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Q&A What to do if woke up in a tent hearing a bear/boar or something else close by?

What should I do if I am in a tent, have been sleeping, and was woken up by the sounds of some large animal quite close to the tent? Just hearing some branches broken by presumably something large....

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by yannn‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?

In Svalbard, the arctic archipelago administrated by Norway, anyone leaving Longyearbyen is required to carry a rifle for their own safey. For grizzly bears, Wikivoyage recommends that Bear repelle...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What animal would chew up trees in West Georgia?

I live in the West Georgia area. We now have several trees chewed up beginning 5 feet off the ground and all the way around the tree, some to the very top. I found a birch that had a 4 foot section...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Joy Burnham‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are bears more attracted to menstruating females?

People have speculated that women hiking in bear country during their menstrual cycle might increase their chances of a bear encounter. Is this true? What can be done to minimize risk? Related que...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Lost‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

Question safety bears hygiene
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Q&A Why would a polar bear give away his kill?

I am reading Three Among the Wolves by Helen Thayer, who is best known for walking and skiing to the North Magnetic Pole accompanied only by her husky, Charlie. In a subsequent trip, she and her ...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does hiking with a dog in bear country increase or decrease your risk of a bear encounter?

I've heard various rumors that dogs might help keep bears away, or might be a bear attractant. Is there anything more concrete than anecdotal evidence to go on? From the companionship end, they ar...

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Lost‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Hunting bears with a knife?

Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne (1876) describes how Siberian hunters used to hunt bears with nothing but a knife. This was ideally done with a single lethal blow, to damage the fur as little as po...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Will a tent provide some protection from bears?

When camping in a bear country, will a tent provide an additional protection from bears, as opposed to just sleeping outside or in a hammock? Provided I take the usual precautions of keeping any f...

6 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Jan Hlavacek‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

Question tents safety bears
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Q&A Did a bear knock all my bird feeders down?

We live in a suburban town in Massachusetts, Northeast United States. We keep a lot of bird feeders stocked all year with things birds and animals like, excluding meat and fruit. Yesterday, Oct...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it likely that decimation of its suburban forest habitat would cause a black bear to wander into a busy city if it wouldn't otherwise go there?

I live in the suburban town of Holden, in Central Massachusetts. Many hundreds of acres of mature woodland areas are being torn down nearby to create new roads and housing developments, and it's ge...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are grizzly bears attracted by human urine?

I was backcountry camping recently in the Canadian Rockies and there was a sign that said “please don’t urinate around the campsite, it is attracting bears”. Of course, following LNT principles, I ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Brusselssprout‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is bear spray effective against other animals?

Is bear spray (pepper spray specially formulated to be effective against bear attacks) effective against other animals, especially mountain lions or wolves? Or is there something in it specifically...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by jrdioko‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How effective are pen launcher bear bangers compared to bearspray?

So pen launcher bear bangers have apparently been around for quite a while, the training video for Truflare looks like something from out of the 90's, but they don't appear to be very popular, and ...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to deal with changing clothing which was used while cooking as not to attract a bears?

It is said you not only need to keep food at least 30-100 meters away from the tent, which is easy do to, but you also can't sleep in the same clothing which was worn while eating, which can be ver...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by yannn‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What species of bear are most and least dangerous to humans?

Excluding hybrids it seems like there are eight species of bears. Which are most and least likely to injure or kill a human? Related Do black, brown/grizzly or polar bears ever prey on humans? ...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Artificial reintroduction of wild animals: how frequently does it happen, and what is the purpose?

One of the most debated issues concerning wilderness, in Italy, is the reintroduction (or bizarrely large increase in the population) of animals almost extinguished till recently. While in most c...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Fuca26‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there any evidence that black bears (or other large predators) are indifferent to, or acutally repulsed by, the scent of humans?

I am hoping for more than anecdotal evidence about the negative effects on black bears of the human scent -- ranging from meh to Yecch. This question is prompted by two anecdotes I have to offer:...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

Question safety food bears
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Q&A Should I be worried about bears when sleeping in a hammock?

I'm going on a multi day backpacking trip and I am planning on taking only a backpacking hammock instead of a tent. When I mentioned this to a friend of mine he jokingly referred to me as a bear t...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by brh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it feasible that a black bear could kill a man with a single swat?

A recent post said: a black bear can kill a man (or a dog) with a single swat of its paw. I suppose anything is possible. But is it realistic? Has it ever happened? Googling 'man killed by ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

I have two large dogs - a German Shepherd and a Presa Canario. I hike alone with my dogs in black (not grizzly) bear country. Do I still need to hang my food? Or will the three of us be able to c...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Censored to protect the guilty‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there significant behaviour differences among bear species to adopt different safety rules?

Living in the north-east part of America, my chances of encountering a grizzly bear are very low. I have greater chances of meeting a black bear. If I got the chance of meeting a grizzly, should I...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Amine‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do black, brown/grizzly or polar bears ever prey on humans?

Do bears, as opposed to defending cubs, being startled by humans, or trying to get into food, ever decide to prey on humans? As in stalk, kill and then eat them?

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A If I cross paths with a bear, what should I do?

If I'm out hiking, and I come around a corner and stumble upon a bear, what's the best course of action to take to minimize the chance the bear will act aggressively? Do different types of bear (...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by wyocalboy‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can Grizzlies climb trees?

I continue year of the bear with more trees. Can grizzly bears climb trees?

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the minimum caliber of handgun that would stop a grizzly bear?

I am an animal lover and would only shoot at a bear as an absolute last resort Assume I have done everything possible to avoid contact with a bear, and after encountering one have followed the bes...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Bohemian‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How safe is it with Grizzly bears when hiking in the Rockies near Calgary, Alberta?

I am attending a conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and afterwards I am considering going for a 3-day hike somewhere around Turbine Canyon[1], 3-isle[2] or Aster Lake[3] in the Rockies. How sa...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Paul Irofti‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to handle grizzly bear encounters

My friends and I are traveling the North Country Trail in Michigan's Upper Peninsula this August. Even though odds are small, we could encounter a grizzly bear. This is something none of us have ex...

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Ryan Welsh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Under what conditions can a guide be highly confident of protecting clients against brown bears without using firearms?

A friend travelled to Alaska last summer, and took several guided trips in areas with large brown bear populations. In each case, according to his report, the guides were armed only with bear spra...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How frequent are polar bears inland in the Mealy Mountains and English Mountains in Labrador?

I am considering a trek in August/September in the Mealy Mountains and English Mountains in Labrador (Canada's newest National Park; for info see 1, 2, 3). However, I am worried by the prospect of...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What might being certified as a polar bear guard involve?

I recently talked with a young geologist, some of whose field work is in the Arctic. We mostly talked about the science, but the geologist mentioned being certified (not sure of this word) to act a...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do people safely trek in polar bear country?

For hiking in polar bear country, this answer cites a page that advices to avoid camping under the stars at all times. Yet people do go trekking on Svalbard, and I don't think the density of huts i...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can bears smell food inside dry sacks?

I like to do long hikes in black bear country. I don't really go on multiday trekking trips, just day trips but often need to bring food along. I know that backpackers often keep their food in be...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can bears smell empty beer bottles?

Sometimes I camp with people who pass out drinking beer and don't bother to clean up their trash before they go to bed. Since we are in black bear country, I was wondering if empty beer bottles can...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What do I do if a black bear is right outside my tent?

Even if I was to follow the advice of letting bears know I am in the area, keeping my cooking and anything that smells at least 100m from my camp &amp; downwind, etc, suppose a bear finds my tent a...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by user5873‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I be scared if a black bear is outside of my tent at night?

I know that they say to make as much noise as possible to try and show your dominance, but what happens if I am sleeping? If I wake up with a bear right outside my tent while i'm sleeping, and I ha...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Sophia Jackle‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A At what age do black bear cubs have a good chance of surviving on their own?

A woman in a semi-rural Maryland neighborhood was injured by a black bear sow a day or two ago. See The Washington Post. She heard a dog barking, went out with her dog on a leash to investigate a...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can the attitude that one is a guest in black bear country prevent hassles with bears?

A traveller to a country with different customs is well advised to read up on the customs of the people of that country, and to learn how the residents expect polite people to behave. Everywhere, ...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Questions about specifics of black bear encounter with mother and yearling cub

I hope the bear experts on the site can shed light on several aspects of a black bear encounter my husband and I had some years ago in the Sierra. It was mid-May, about 9500 feet, well above timbe...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Will Black Bears actually follow you up a tree

I always see it pointed out, when discussing how to handle/avoid bear encounters, that black bears can climb trees. Granted, but does that matter? Has there ever been a case of a black bear pursu...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Black bears and torch lights

I am hiking in black bear country (no other kinds of bears there). It's dark, I have a whistle hanging around my neck to scare away such a potential bear and I'm using my torch light to be able to ...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by helm‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is any subspecies of black bear more -- or less -- aggressive than another?

There are 16 subspecies of Ursus americanus, the black bear. The Wikipedia article describes their different physical characteristics and geographical distributions, but not differences in tempera...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Proper food storage against black bears on a LONG (e.g., 14 days) trip, partly in black bear country? (enough bear canisters not practical)

This question is prompted by the replies to Questions about specifics of black bear encounter with mother and yearling cub. That question was about an encounter over 30 years ago, before the era o...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What to do when a black bear got a hold of an open bear can?

When an adult black bear without cubs in sight got a hold of an open bear-can, is it advisable to try to scare him/her away (with noise, or by approaching him/her as a group?) I am asking both for...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by SierraCalifornicus‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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