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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.

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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

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