Sometimes I camp with people who pass out drinking beer and don't bother to clean up their trash before they go to bed. Since we are in black bear country, I was wondering if empty beer bottles can attract black bears.

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    Recommendation: don't camp with those kinds of people, or sleep further away from them.
    – slybloty
    Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 15:42
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    If you're in the middle of the woods passing out drunk, bears aren't really the largest concern. Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 17:08
  • @RussellSteen so what is a bigger concern it such a situation?
    – Vorac
    Commented Sep 3, 2020 at 23:17

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This answer may depend on the type of bear, but somehow I doubt it.

If you ever visit Yosemite National Park, go to the Happy Isles Visitor Center. They have an old Jeep door on display. The Jeep had once belonged by a camper who left a tube of chap stick in their car as they slept.

A black bear smelled the chap stick inside the closed Jeep and ripped the door clean off the hinges to get to it.

Don't think about the beer bottles being "food". Think about bears being curious. Anything with a scent can attract a curious bear. Maybe your bear has never smelt an IPA before, and will need to investigate the rich scent of hops.

Take a quick look at the Yosemite National Park page on bear safety.

The short version is: put your empty beer bottles into a bear can or bear locker.

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    My thought exactly. I can smell them, so a bear surely can. Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 15:40
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    Exactly! Except a bear can probably smell them from a kilometer away. Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 15:43
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    Also, lol at "bear bottles" Commented Sep 5, 2013 at 5:51
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    @theJollySin: Then its okay. Here in India we hardly have places for Car Camping :( So, if I wanna go into the wild, it has to be a trek/backpacking thingy
    – WedaPashi
    Commented Sep 5, 2013 at 15:24
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    @WedaPashi Backpacking is more fun anyway. But that's interesting to know. Commented Sep 6, 2013 at 15:59

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