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Friday, September 16, 2016

Tips To Stay Safe In Bear Country

Above, a mother and cub at Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The first time I've seen bears in the wild was during a trip my daughter Amber and I took in 1998 to Sequoia National Park. There, we saw a mother bear with two cubs in a meadow.

Since then, I've seen more. Most recently, a dead cub on the Tioga Pass Road in Yosemite National Park (a victim of a collision with a car) and last year at Yellowstone National Park while aboard a tour bus.

Some people enjoy hiking and backcountry camping. Most of our national forests are populated with bears and encounters between humans and bears can lead to tragic results.

However, risks of such tragic encounters can be lessened by following some tips posted by Love The Backcountry.

They begin with:
Hiking in bear country is something that most hikers will end up doing at some point in their travels. As exciting as it is to spot a bear, it can be a bit of a nerve-racking experience. The backcountry is filled with animals – some dangerous, some harmless – and one of the more common animal encounters is that with a bear. Luckily you can safely navigate your way through bear country if you follow some pretty basic tips.
Above, a bear-proof food storage locker at the North Pines Campground at Yosemite National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Even in developed campgrounds easily accessible by car, can and do make raids. Most national and state parks provide bear-proof lockers for people to store food and anything else that gives off a scent that bears can smell. Campers, especially those who are camping in tents, should use them.

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