Do campfires deter bears?Submitted by - Steven, Irving, TX
Campfires, as warm, cozy, and safe as they make us feel, will not deter bears. But loud, off-key singing around a campfire will.
The fact is, bears don’t want an encounter with us any more than we want one with them. And noise is the best deterrent.
Many parks are now requiring that you pack canisters because bears in so many areas have become savvy at getting food bags out of trees. Wild Ideas makes the lightest (under 2 pounds), albeit most expensive ($225 for the medium size) bear cans out there. Bearvault and Garcia Machine www.backpackerscache.com canisters are twice the weight, but way cheaper (only $80).
Bears coming into your camp to look for food is one thing; encountering them on the trail is another.
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