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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 not know, yet. I am surprised they did not get into your garbage, which you implied you did not hang. If so - the bears ignored the remnants of food in a well-...


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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't recall seeing a bear on the East Coast (although there's the general rule to hang bear bags with smellable items), I've got some anecdotes from a 2 week trip ...


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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 to several long trips per year for 40 years, plus short trips, warm-up day trips and day hikes from our base camps. We never carried a bear canister for day ...


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I live on an inholding in the Santa Fe National Forest, eight miles by road to the boundary (and nearest neighbor), 4-5 miles as the crow flies to the closest boundary point. Most of the area is above 7000' elevation and is steeply sloped ponderosa forest. In 15 years we have never seen a mountain lion. We've seen some tracks in the snow, but never the cat ...


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In more than forty years of hiking several times a year in the Sierra in Yosemite and in the vicinity of Yosemite, we have encountered black bears ten or fifteen times. None of them displayed agressive behavior, even the two times when we encountered a mother with cubs although both those times she unmistakeably warned us. We froze and the bear and cubs ...


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Black bears are widely present in many suburban areas of the Northeast US. Not just out in the few areas with no human presence, but in neighborhoods, people's yards, crossing main streets, etc. That's not to say that a given person will see one often unless they happen to live in a specific spot a bear prefers, but out of six days riding rail trails into ...


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The bear pit in Bern, Switzerland (Pinterest photo below) contains European brown bears and has concrete or smooth stone walls. Measuring the photo, the wall is about two times the height of the woman. If the woman is average height, the wall is about 3.3 meters to the capstone.


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Eastern US, Virginia: We have small black bears. The bears are there and they aren't very stealthy, but they also prefer to keep their distance from people. On the trail they will definitely walk away before you spot them if they hear you coming. The only exception is: Bears and pets don't get along. Usually the only time the bear doesn't just walk away from ...


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This question has changed quite a lot, so I will actually add another answer. I can see the latest update for the planned Ha Ha wall as a workable idea, it seems to fit all the required parameters of your (updated) question. However, the necessary height of it will essentially turn your outdoor campsite into a Vauban redoubt: Here is a source for bear ...


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