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Keeping Bears At Bay

July 17, 2012
A black bear climbs a tree.

With camping season well underway, the Department of Natural Resources shares some simple tips about how to keep black bears away from your camp.

  • Keep all food, garbage and scented hygiene products stored safely in your cabin or vehicle.
  • When you're backcountry camping, you'll want to store your food and garbage some distance from your tent. Make sure to pack a heavy duty knapsack and a substantial length of rope. You'll want to select a sturdy tree and hang the knapsack at least 10 feet from the ground and six feet from the tree trunk. 
  • Perhaps most important: Do not feed the bears on purpose; that interaction, says wildlife biologist Adam Hammond, will erode bears' natural fear of humans and lead to the bears' continued nuisance.


Last updated May 28, 2018.

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