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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

Yes, you absolutely need to properly protect your food. Proper food storage in the wilderness isn't just for you, it's also for the bears. Even if your dogs or you are able to fend off a bear, you ...
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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

You know, most black bears are probably going to be deterred by the presence of your dogs, but bears come in all sorts of personalities and degrees of desperation for food. Your dogs might be able to ...
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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

There are a couple of really good answers here. But I feel like something is being overlooked. You and the dogs are going to be asleep, when the bear comes walking through your camp. If the food ...
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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

Do hang the food (or use a bear can, etc.) In my experience, wild animals are not deterred by dogs very much. A bear that lives close to humans might even be attracted to dogs: dogs frequently have ...
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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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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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Did a bear knock all my bird feeders down?

Bears will definitely go smashing bird feeders to get to the seed and they are the only thing big enough to pull your feeders over. Yes, bears (and other wildlife) are readily attracted to back yards ...
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Is it feasible that a black bear could kill a man with a single swat?

I am going to say yes, it is possible mostly because humans kill other humans with a single punch from time to time and black bears are certainly stronger. Cupido said there are “hundreds” of ...
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Is there any evidence that bears use (or used) cub labor to get food from backpackers?

Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico with 11,000 visitors (10 days each) had a significant bear problem. One of the stories, not of cubs, but of yearings, was of the Kamikaze bear. Standard ...
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Are black bears attracted to trace amounts of food?

My answer, based on personal experience in the Sierra and Rockies over 40 years, is no, not at the level you describe. Caveat -- I don't have experience eating in a dining tent, or on a picnic table, ...
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Are black bears attracted to trace amounts of food?

Are black bears attracted to trace amounts of food? The short answer seems to be yes. If any animal could smell trace amounts of food, then bears definitively qualify. Smelling is a bear’s go-to ...
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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

It doesn't sound like you're thinking of carrying a bear canister either. A bear will just wait until it's quiet then come into your camp - you may or may not be there. If you are there, then you ...
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Is it feasible that a black bear could kill a man with a single swat?

Depends on the size of the bear. Black bears vary in size, small female bears can weigh in under 100 lbs, which makes them about the same size as a large dog. But big black bears can weigh in at ...
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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

Under the right circumstances, a black bear can kill a man (or a dog) with a single swat of its paw. While most back bears are timid and afraid of humans, due to 10,000 years of being hunted by Native ...
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Black Bear Deterrents

Two parts. TL;DR: Block the bears so that they do no wander into the area, and don't leave anything in the area that smells good. Block the area, essentially like a funnel Funnels are used in ...
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