Hello to all and good afternoon.
I just recently spoke with Patrick. And, at his request I am now making an observation on 'Bears and camp sites'.
I am not new to Bears. I have grown up in mountain lion and Black bear country all my life. (Except when I was in the Navy.)
I never was concerned about the bears. (Mountian Lions or Puma's yes always concerned. I run and hike alone in the great outdoors.)
My comments to Patrick was about the Tipi I say distroyed by a bear on the web page. He told me it was from a hunter that left his camp site for some time only to return and find it trashed.
I must have missed that in the story.
The trick we always used (other than what you read on the message board about food and eating and cooking no were near the camp site) was 'MOTHBALLS'.
Work your way around the camp site and to this day I have never had a bear get near my site. (I also never leave the site for more than a day at a time either.)
I have seen bear tracks up to the mothballs and then you see them turn and go the other way. So I know that they work in my experience.
As a side note. Bears are looking for an easy meal. They live by there tummmmmies and see throught there nose. They would prefer to stay clear of humans. To point this out, I don't have the reference in front of me so I am working from memory, in the last 100 years Black Bears have only killed 5 people in North America. Three (3) of those in Canada (even they get cabin fever, aye). Two in America.
I have seen footage of a guide running over and grabbing a cub from a sow. She didn't like it but she charged to 9 feet and stopped. (I don't recommend this technique to anyone by the way.) He gave the cub back and all was well.
I have walked up on Black Bears in American and Canada on fishing trips and some had cubs. I walked up to withing feet (by accident) of such a Sow and cubs and they looked at me and I turned around and gave them the fishing hole. (Pretty kind of me don't you think?) They wanted no part of me.
On the other hand I have never had a face to face encounter with a Brown or Polar Bear. (So Black Bears are some what of my thrust in this topic.)
I am not a looking to provoke anyone if they have different views.
Just letting you know I DO NOT fear the Bears or there temperment in the outdoors. I am careful not to tempt the Bears and in return I have never had a bad experience. (Now for the Mountian Lions and Puma's that is a different story. Care a BIG GUN is the best advice if you must travel alone in the woods.)
Good luck and don't worry about BEARS. It is like the JAW'S movie. You have a better chance of dying from a coconut falling (8 deaths a year) from a tree than actually having Bear trouble in North America.
Best wishes to you and yours,
Ex-Navy and Airline Pilot