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Ask A Bear: Will Music Attract A Bear?

Got a burning ursine question? Ask our resident bruin expert in our new weekly feature, 'Ask A Bear.'

by: Bear


 
 Q: Would listening to music on a portable speaker (like iPod earbuds) while sleeping attract or deter bear visits? —David, Austin, TX

A: Well...that depends on what you're listening to, David. If it's something by Grizzly BearPanda Bear, or Minus The Bear, I'll probably leave you alone. But if it's Miley Cyrus, I swear to Ursa Major I'll chomp you good.

Relax, relax—I'm just kidding. You're probably safe. See, like you, I like to smell my food rather than hear it. I'm attracted to just about any interesting smell you can think of—lamb chops, strawberries, toothpaste, face wash, sunblock.

But unusual sounds generally annoy me, and music (except for the aforementioned bands) would definitely fall into that category. That's why those guys in tan and green with the weird hats tell you to clap your hands, talk loudly, and sing whenever you walk through my forested living room. Have you ever even heard the average person sing "Dancing Queen?" If you have, no need to wonder why you "came all this way to Montana" and never even saw me.

So if you wanna crank the tent tuneage, go for it—your tentmate is more likely to maul you because of it than I am. Unless it's Miley...

—BEAR

Got a question for the bear? Send it to askabear@backpacker.com.


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Chris W.
Aug 15, 2013

Music alerts a bear to human presence is all that it does, if the bear is accustomed to humans being a food source, than the it is dinner music to him.

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Chris W.
Aug 15, 2013

Music alerts a bear to human presence is all that it does, if the bear is accustomed to humans being a food source, than the it is dinner music to him.

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Cary
Apr 13, 2013

I dig Minus the Bear... good stuff

Dori
Aug 31, 2012

Listening to Miley Cyrus sets me off, too! YUCK!!!

Dori
Aug 31, 2012

Listening to Miley Cyrus sets me off, too! YUCK!!!

David
Aug 31, 2012

I like to sneak up on suspecting people and scare them!

Ikan Mas
Nov 05, 2011

Dude: Leave your music home. You're in the wilderness to get away from that stuff. Besides, I love to walk up on some unsuspecting tunehead and scare the bejesus out of him by suddenly passing him.

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