As far as I know, it's generally a good idea to pee a fence around your camp. Don't know if it makes any major differences but ...

It is true urinating around your tent will keep some critters away and a smoky fire helps also (...)

- From Bear Crap on Yahoo Answers

I wonder if there are any disadvantages doing so? For example, are any wildlife attracted to it?

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    Please don't do this if you are anywhere near my campsite!
    – ab2
    Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 21:18
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    Do you have a citation for this quote? Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 22:44
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    Hardly fits the LNT ethos. Would not take long to make camping 'unpleasant' in many places. I would rather put up with nature than a camp-site saturated in month old piss, mine or someone else's.
    – user5330
    Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 23:47
  • @ChrisMendez Not a good one though. I'll add it to my answer anyway :)
    – OddDeer
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 6:47
  • @OddDeer heh, better than nothing! Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 13:09

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According to Backpacker, and the National Park Service, peeing attracts some large predators because animals like the salty taste:

...urinate well away from camp on rock, sandy areas, or duff. Animals are attracted to salts in urine...

I would argue, therefore, that urinating around your campsite is not a good idea when near large predatory animals.

That said, I do it sometimes when car camping away from large predators.

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