While you're hiking through the wilderness, the idea of a beautiful open valley beside a roaring river may seem like the perfect place to pitch your tent. You can grab some blackberries for your morning pancakes, catch a salmon for dinner and pick some wildflowers in between.
Unfortunately, the same pastoral landscape that attracts hardy campers also attracts hungry bears. Natural food areas (around dense vegetation) are the food court of the forest; check around areas for animal-made trails to see if wild friends are making regular visits. Look for signs of bear scat, or trampled areas, torn apart logs or claw marks on nearby trees.
It's not just location but also season that will bring curious bears into your campsite. Read on for details about how particular seasons or periods of environmental strain can attract bears to your camp.