When traveling in bear country it is very important to be aware that a bear knows you are there. Therefore it is very important to take precautions when you are going to camp in the wilderness. In this post, we give you some tips on how to prevent any encounter with a bear while camping.
Beware of the Nose
Although there are many kinds of Bears, one thing they have in common and that is their sense of smell. Bears are thought to have one of the best senses of smell in the animal kingdom. For example; the average dog has a sense of smell which is roughly 100 times better than that of a human. In comparing to that, a bear’s sense of smell is 21 times better than that of a dog. This means a bear can smell about 2,100 times better than the average globetrotter. If you are curious about how far some bears can smell. When the wind is in the right direction this distance can go up to roughly 35 kilometers.
Luckily for us, bears are quite elusive and will take off once they catch the scent of smelly backpacker roaming around in the wild. We were told by some Romanian locals that when a bear and a human accidentally meet in the woods, 99% of the time they simply turn around and run away.
The BEARmuda Triangle
Although 99% of the bears will run away, you feel very uncomfortable the moment you encounter that 1% of a very hungry and angry bear. When camping, the best way to prevent any encounter is to camp according to the ‘’ Bearmuda Triangle Rule’’. This rule is very useful when preparing food while camping or backpacking in bear country. A bear will often forget the unpleasant smells of humans when they notice the over dominating smell of food (especially in the spring and fall when they are hungry and plumping up respectively).
The main rule is to: never sleep, cook/eat and storage food at the same place. Make sure the distance between all places is at least 50 meters and always take notice of the wind direction.
How to storage your food
A tree for hanging your food is the bare minimum and make sure it is at least 50 meters from your camp. Do never sleep with garbage and food around your camping area as this can draw a bear to or even worse in your tent.
Use a stone to throw the chord over a branch at least 5 meter of the ground so that the food, when pulled up and taught, is well over 2 meter off the ground. Parachute chord or any other firm rope bought at a camp shop will do the trick.