10 Ways to Attract Bears to Your Campsite


Keep Food in Your Tent

Veer away from the tent. Veer away from the tent.
Veer away from the tent. Veer away from the tent.
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If you're looking for a furry bed companion, you should definitely eat and keep all kinds of tasty treats inside your tent.

You should never eat anything inside your tent. And you should store your food just like you store your trash -- string it between trees or put it in a bear canister. As we mentioned before, airtight plastic bags of food should be hung a minimum of 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.5 meters) from the ground and 4 feet (1.2 meters) away from posts or trees, and canisters can be left on the ground, but 100 feet (30.5 meters) away from your campsite.

Leave especially pungent foods like fresh fruit and sweet drinks at home. In general, dry foods like cereal, pasta and crackers have less of a scent. Keep deodorant, toothpaste, lotion and other good-smelling toiletries out of your tent and store them with your food. Also, be sure to string up or place all pet food in a canister.

All of these are pretty good ways to attract bears, but if you want to skip the middleman, check out our final tip on the next page.