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Old 03-12-2015, 09:21 AM   #11
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In Michigan, black bears are abundant throughout the U.P. and much of the northern L.P. I use to tent-camp, but the first time I saw a bear paw-print in the dirt was when I bought my first hard-sided trailer. Those paws are HUGE! And they have CLAWS! And brown bears are even larger! It just makes sense to keep all food and cooking items in a plastic bin w/tight-fitting top; then put that inside your locked trailer or tow vehicle. Yes, it takes a little time to allow the grill to cool down and to stow it away. So start dinner a little earlier to allow for that. Sure beats the alternative!

Due to the severe drought throughout much of the West/Mid-west, many campgrounds have banned open fires and outside cooking - even on a grill. So you either cook inside, or prepare meals at home, pop then in the freezer, and heat them up in the microwave. And microwave reheating leaves more time to enjoy the great outdoors!
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:10 PM   #12
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You cannot even leave out your water jug or a tablecloth on your table. The tablecloth sounded like a no-brainer, but a water jug? When I asked the Ranger he said, "Suppose you make hamburgers for supper. After making the patties, you need to wash you hands. So you grab your water jug to pour water in the hand washing basin. You just left meat scent on the jug handle. The bear doesn't know it's meat scent. The bear just smells meat - and he's gonna come looking for it." Enough said.
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Old 03-13-2015, 05:37 AM   #13
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a picture is worth a thousand words

these pictures were taken at Madison campground inside Yellowstone in October 2014 right at dusk. the tiki torch is clamped to the picnic table. this is good enough reason to me not to have food laying around in the park! and yes, that is a grizzly sow with cub.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:48 AM   #14
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How do you tell the difference between a brown bear and a grizzly?



Wait for it.....



Wait for it....


Walk up behind it and kick it in the hindquarters then run quickly and climb a nearby tree.

If the bear knocks the tree down and eats you it is a brown bear, but, if the bear climbs the tree and eats you it's a grizzly!
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When we stayed in Yellowstone in 2013 (not Fishing Bridge) we just put our stuff in the food lockers. It had metal shelves, so if the grill or stove was hot, I was not concern. We typically do not leave stuff out, except for the stove, grill and propane tank, so it was not a big deal. But we too saw lots of bears.
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When we were there a few years ago, we cooked inside.

This is their territory, not ours..

And, don't leave your dog tied outside...


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We will be staying within Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks for about four weeks this summer (Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone and Colter Bay Village in Grand Teton). Both state t
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And...treat gray water the same. Mostly it is tent campers that wash dishes in a bucket, then throw their dishwater in the bushes at the back of their site, but as noted earlier, even washing greasy hands in water pouring on the ground is enough to leave a very loud calling card for the bears to "come and get it"! Use your sinks with holding tanks, or use the approved dumping facilities for disposing of it.
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How do you tell the difference between a brown bear and a grizzly?



Wait for it.....



Wait for it....


Walk up behind it and kick it in the hindquarters then run quickly and climb a nearby tree.

If the bear knocks the tree down and eats you it is a brown bear, but, if the bear climbs the tree and eats you it's a grizzly!
Have to correct this. Black bears can and do climb trees, but usually when trying to get away from you. Grizzly cubs can climb, but adults cannot. There is no separate species of "brown" bears in the lower 48. Black bears can be several colors, including brown and cinnamon, but they are still black bears and significantly smaller than grizzlies, and they don't have the distinctive grizzly shoulder hump.
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Thought That Was Standard

Having lived in the Utah and going to the local national parks a couple times a year for most of my life, I thought putting it all behind locked doors was standard. If you were not within 10 feet of anything that had been touched by food smells, it was put away where a bear could not get into it.
Recently, I left my small propane grill out overnight on the table and wondered if I was doing something wrong.

We did not put our gear high enough up hanging between the trees 25 years ago and we got a $25 ticket. We were in wilderness area five miles from the nearest road and the ranger found our food too low while we were out on the lake.
A fed bear is a dead bear.
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Having lived in the Utah and going to the local national parks a couple times a year for most of my life, I thought putting it all behind locked doors was standard. If you were not within 10 feet of anything that had been touched by food smells, it was put away where a bear could not get into it.
Recently, I left my small propane grill out overnight on the table and wondered if I was doing something wrong.

We did not put our gear high enough up hanging between the trees 25 years ago and we got a $25 ticket. We were in wilderness area five miles from the nearest road and the ranger found our food too low while we were out on the lake.
A fed bear is a dead bear.
I backpacked in the Madison Range NW of Yellowstone, and we bagged and hung our food nearly 20 feet up and 50 yards from our tents there. We saw a "bear tree" not far from our camp where a grizzly had marked his territory, and the claw marks were higher than I could reach, and I'm 6'2" and can easily reach 8 feet.
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