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Does Snoring Deter Bears?

Q: Can snoring deter bears and other animals from your campsite? I know that my friends like to not tent next to me.

Question:

Can snoring deter bears and other animals from your campsite? I know that my friends like to not tent next to me.

Submitted by - Mary S., Dover, NH

Answer:

Because bears are attracted to just about any interesting smell and deterred by most unusual sounds, it has been suggested by some bear-wary folks that bears would be deterred by snoring.

It was actually proposed as a test project once but never followed through on.

I don’t know a scientific answer to your question, but my educated guess is that snoring would either deter or at least not attract bears. I also don’t know the answer to whether or not other animals would be deterred by snoring. I know several hunters have stated emphatically that hunters who snore in camp seem to attract deer.

—BUCK

1 Comment

  1. Blastfemur

    YES!
    We were visited by some (didn’t see them) bears in the early morning hours during our last trip to Sequoia. When I first heard them (the sound of giant nostrils taking in and blowing out air only feet from my head), my wife asked me if we should wake up her dad who was in another tent only feet away. We waited for a few seconds while the bears chewed on a plastic water bottle (everything else was suspended from a tree) when suddenly my wife’s dad started to snore VERY loudly. The bears were startled and immediately ran off.

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