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Why do predators seem as abundant as prey in trail camera footage?

If the footage has been put on YouTube, it's probably been edited. Reasonable editing would be to show the range of species and/or behaviour in the area - after all, it's entertainment or at most ...
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How can I tell which way is "down wind"

Use your ears. OK, Let me explain that. But first things first. The direction of the wind is what we call “downwind”. If I throw a handful of white flour into the wind, the direction that flour ...
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How to retrieve a bear bag when hung with Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) method

It seems like you simply need to reverse the procedure you give. Since you initially had to pull the rope up far enough to tie the stick in to it, you can still pull it back up to the same point in ...
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how high does a fence need to be to prevent European brown bear to climb it?

While caging animals is slightly different than keeping animals out, it probably provides the best evidence for specifications. Animal enclosures need to be secure, because animals frequently attempt ...
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Hunting bears with a knife?

Unless you sever the spinal column near the top of the body there is no body injury that can be done with a knife that is going to result in instant death/disablement of any animal. Any injury that ...
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Will a tent provide some protection from bears?

Your tent may not provide any physical protection, but your sleeping bag will provide some. Sleeping bags cover the vast majority of your body, and the thick material of a sleeping bag will initially ...
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Are bears attracted to factory sealed food?

Worldly, sophisticated bears in well-travelled parts of Yosemite know what those freeze-dried food packets are. Your bears in a remote part of Washington state may be naive, however intelligent, and ...
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Why be passive while attacked by a brown bear?

Brown bears mostly just want to assert dominance. By being passive/playing dead it is more likely to "give up" and walk away than keep attacking. Per NPS... Brown/Grizzly Bears: If you are ...
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At what age do black bear cubs have a good chance of surviving on their own?

There is probably no perfect answer to your question as different studies will indicate some amount of variation. However it seems that black bear cubs which are usually born in January and generally ...
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What precautions should I take when cooking smelly food in an area with bears?

You've got most of it down already. Cooking away from your sleeping area is always a good precaution, and never eat or bring food into your tent. A PDF from CapitolRiders.org points out some of the ...
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Why do predators seem as abundant as prey in trail camera footage?

I think there might be another reason beyond the accepted answer. Predators have to roam a lot more throughout their territory in order to find food and if they fail an attack on a prey they have to ...
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How can the attitude that one is a guest in black bear country prevent hassles with bears?

I'm assuming that you are not hunting as that would require behaving in different ways. I'm also not discussing camping/camp which is covered very well by this question: What precautions should I ...
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How can I tell which way is "down wind"

Simply the easiest way is to light a match (or light a stick from your fire), and look at which way the small flame blows. Simpler still (but less.. uhh.. 'classy'?) take some leaves from the ground, ...
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How to keep a llama from being eaten by a bear?

Why bring only one llama? If one is fun two are twice as nice! In all seriousness llamas are herd animals so they would probably be better protected as a group since this is their standard ...
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How can I tell which way is "down wind"

Wet your finger in your mouth, then hold it straight up. It will feel noticeably cooler on the upwind side.
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How do you get bear spray off skin and or gear?

The key ingredients in bear sprays are capsaicins (reference), which are also the key ingredients of classic pepper spray. Cleaning bear spray off of you or your gear is similar to cleaning pepper ...
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What happens to the bear after being pepper sprayed?

The answer to this question depends a lot on the situation. If the bear runs away after being sprayed, then it gets away with a runny nose and burning eyes/lungs for a while and a reason not to ...
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Do black, brown/grizzly or polar bears ever prey on humans?

TLDR: While rare, it definitely happens. In fact the majority of people killed by black bears in North America were killed by aggressive bears not by say surprised bears or mothers defending their ...
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What to do if woke up in a tent hearing a bear/boar or something else close by?

The majority of bear attacks are the result of surprise encounters, particularly involving a mother with cubs. In a surprise encounter, the bear is acting defensively, and wants to eliminate a ...
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Do Glacier National Park (USA) backcountry camps have bear poles / bear canisters?

I was there last summer. All the back country campgrounds that I stayed at had bear "poles". They were usually 2 poles in the ground about 10 feet apart, with another pole connecting the two across ...
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How frequent are encounters with bears/mountain lions/etc?

This is highly dependent on a few different factors. Where you are hiking How you behave while you are hiking When you are hiking I've done some hiking in the Eastern and Western US, and while I can'...
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Is a bear canister needed for day hikes?

I'm answering from personal experience, which although extensive, is of course limited: limited to black bears, limited to the Sierra and to the Rockies and to a lesser degree, Shenandoah, and limited ...
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How can I dissuade bears from visiting my garden at night?

You need to remove your bird feeders from your yard. It is an easy source of food and that is what is attracting the bear. You need to remove this food source and the bear will stop coming around. ...
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How to keep a llama from being eaten by a bear?

llamas are only native to an area of South American unless you are hiking in that area, they are not going to be any more of a prospective meal then then the other animals on the hike (i.e. humans). ...
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How can I tell which way is "down wind"

How can I tell which way is down wind? How do I know which way is down wind? I turn so the wind is coming around me from the back and is equal on both right and left sides. I feel it in my hair, on ...
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Is it likely that decimation of its suburban forest habitat would cause a black bear to wander into a busy city if it wouldn't otherwise go there?

Bears only have one reason to go anywhere, and that reason is food. Humans eat to live, but bears live to eat. They are always on the move to find more food, discovering new patches of berries, ...
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Artificial reintroduction of wild animals: how frequently does it happen, and what is the purpose?

It happens fairly often, and usually the purpose is to reintroduce the animals to places where they used to be but were wiped out. This is know as species reintroduction/restablishment. Species ...
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how high does a fence need to be to prevent European brown bear to climb it?

When you look at zoos they have like 12-15 feet (4–5 metre) of cement. If you are going to lay that many poles might as well pour a fence but it will not be cheap. You could probably build a small ...
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What is the minimum caliber of handgun that would stop a grizzly bear?

Bryce Towsley has this story to tell us about a grizzly attack: Shortly before I arrived in one northern Alaska camp, a couple of packers were rushing to beat the failing light. Covered with blood ...
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