Volume 92, Issue 2

Friday, May 22, 1998

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Keeping the bears away

- Hang your food pack in a tree away from the site, about 10-12 feet in the air and five feet away from the trunk. The scent won't attract them to your site and they can't get at the food in the tree.

- Except during meal times, make sure anything with an attractive scent is away from the campsite.

- If a bear approaches, hold a canoe paddle over your head to make yourself look larger and talk loudly while backing away, leaving a clear escape route for the bear. Nine times out of 10, he'll leave.

- Carry a bell or whistle when going through the woods so that you don't surprise a bear – a startled bear is not a happy bear.

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