If you're from California, then you probably know how much fun it is to go camping in our beautiful state. You also know that there might be some uninvited guests during your trip - bears! While we certainly love these furry friends at campsites across the Golden State, but they sometimes carry a taste for human food and belongings that can cause larger issues. In this blog post, we'll give tips on how to prevent bears from raiding campgrounds - not only for the safety of yourself and other campers, but also for the well-being of our bear population here in California. So grab your camping gear (and food storage containers) and let's get started–it's time to learn about bear behavior and what you can do to help protect against unwanted visits!
Set Up Your Campsite Safely - Before you head out, do some research to understand which areas are more prone to bear activity and plan your campsite accordingly. Don't leave food scraps or remains as this can attract animals, and make sure that all scented items like toothpaste and deodorant are stored away properly.
Hang Up Your Food - To make sure bears don't get too close, hang your food in a tree at least 10ft off the ground and 4ft away from the tree trunk. This will keep it securely out of reach–bears are adept climbers so no matter how high you put it they may still be able to figure it out!
Use Bear-Proof Containers - If hanging is not possible or practical for you, consider using bear-proof containers such as coolers or canisters which are airtight and particularly secure against stealing animals like raccoons.
Utilize Natural Deterrents - Use natural deterrents around your campsite in order to discourage nearby bears from coming close–vinegar or garlic water have been known to work successfully in this regard!
Remain Vigilant - Stay aware of your surroundings and be mindful of recent animal activity when setting up camp. If you suspect a bear nearby it is best to avoid contact with it and move away quickly if necessary! With these tips in mind, enjoy peace of mind knowing that you're well prepared to face nature without any surprise furry visitors.