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Do Bears Like Energy Bars?

Can bears and other critters be a problem at night even if all our group has for food are, say Clif Bars - or any other similar kind of energy/protein bars?

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Question:

Can bears and other critters be a problem at
night even if all our group has for food are, say Clif Bars – or any other
similar kind of energy/protein bars?

Answer:

Yes! Bears are not picky. They’d be perfectly happy chowing on a stale Clif Bar or a tube of Colgate toothpaste. You don’t have to be cooking New York strip steaks to attract bears. Their sense of smell is acute and they aren’t picky when it comes to free grub. In bear country, you’ll sleep a whole lot better if you pack your edibles in either a bear-resistant canister or hang your food safely out of their reach.