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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 doctrine was to hang your bear bait bag 12 feet above the ground, 6 feet from the nearest tree. Camps had permanent setups with lines to pulleys hung 25 feet up. ...


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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, or anyplace where many other people regularly eat. You may scrupulously clean up as you have described, but many others may not have and spills and food ...


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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 sense, on par with us humans and our eyesight. Bears are known to be able to smell 100 times better than your dog, while your dog is able to sniff out snacks and ...


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This depends quite a bit on the type of bear. An American black bear doesn't see a human as prey. Even a grizzly will normally only attack a human if it's surprised, threatened, or protecting its young. A polar bear may see a human as prey. So the initial, very general meta-answer to your question is that if you're going to observe or interact with wildlife, ...


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