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Old 07-13-2013, 10:26 AM
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Bear proofing

What do most of you do to bear proof you camping tent in bear country.
Just curious as i've seen some good setups just recently and unfortunately did not have camera or iphone to get a picture. cheers
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Old 07-13-2013, 12:43 PM
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Re: Bear proofing

I don't use them, but the battery operated electrical fences are reportedly working well. Airplane owners use them in Alaska to help keep bears from tearing up their planes when they fly out to hunt and leave them in the wilds to go hunting and fishing. I know folks on Kodiak Island that use them in remote settings to protect their homes and gardens from bear break-ins - reportedly with success. They don't weigh too much and they're affordable.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:19 PM
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Re: Bear proofing

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What do most of you do to bear proof you camping tent in bear country.
Just curious as i've seen some good setups just recently and unfortunately did not have camera or iphone to get a picture. cheers
Since you didn't mention hunting or where, I have a Karelian Bear Dog that instinctively patrol our campsite.

I have a couple friends that backpack in bear countries of CA with their KBDs.




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Old 07-14-2013, 09:18 AM
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Re: Bear proofing

Thank you Feenix an interesting idea I will have a look at the history.
Cheers
Sorry the area's I go Oregon and Montana.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:21 AM
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Re: Bear proofing

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Thank you Feenix an interesting idea I will have a look at the history.
Cheers
Sorry the area's I go Oregon and Montana.
The closest breeder I know from you is in San Diego >>> California Karelians: Bear Dogs in action ... in Montana, the Wind River Institute (Wind River Bear Institute: Karelian Bear Dogs, Bear Shepherding) is at the top.

My scout troop and I backpacked (84 miles in 10 days) the bear country of the Bob Marshall Wilderness a few years ago. We worked very closely with Ranger District and they provided us with a checklist but I can't seem to find it. Anyways, a couple of things stands out for me ...

- Pay special attention to where you pick up your tent. Look for signs; tracks, scats, kills, etc ...

- Absolutely no food inside your tent, including candy, tooth paste, etc ... Don't cook/prep food, or eat near your tent. Clean up before bed; change clothes (no food scent). Hang your food. If they want your food so bad, let them have it.

- Insure you have proper bear defense in place and readily deployable when the need arises.

Good luck!
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:00 AM
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Re: Bear proofing

Thanks phorwath that was one of the setups I had seen around one of the tents.
And Feenix they say not to even pi$$ near camp sleep with one eye open ?
very helpful info.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:59 AM
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And Feenix they say not to even pi$$ near camp sleep with one eye open and your bear defense ready at all times?
very helpful info.
Yep, that also goes with brushing your teeth. A wildlife biologist we were talking to showed us a footage he took of bears feasting on toothpaste.
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