Originally Posted by DocBrown
So what do tenters and backpackers do in your neck of the woods?
Bears are a much bigger concern than Cougars/Mt Lions for us. But there is no question they are both around and most people take precautions.
Around here tent campers/backpackers ...
1) must use bear box or lock everything away hidden in a car in developed a CG.
2) dispersed camping or backpacking, they must use portable bear canisters at a minimum and the Rangers prefer all food, cooking vessels and toiletries be suspended in a tree.
With a little effort bear/mt lion risk can be mitigated, but it's a real risk. This is one of the primary reasons we opted away from an outside kitchen on our TT. Not all of our camping is in bear county, but most of the summer months are in the Sierras near Sequoia and Yosemite were the Bears are well tuned into campers. You should see the locking mechanisms on the dumpsters in developed CG, they are serious.
I have seen first hand a bear rip open a uhaul trailer a group of tent campers brought last year to a CG in the High Sierra. They were storing trash, BBQ, stoves and coolers in their. Pretty sure the trash was what the Bears were after. Pretty humbling.