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Food Storage Camping

Proper Food Storage and Food Related Items In Bear Country

Food and food related items must be stored properly by placing them in the trunk of your car, inside your RV, hanging truss or a campground provided storage locker. Never store food or food related items in tents or tent trailers and never leave coolers or food items outside. Expect a heavy fine and court appearance for doing so.  

Several campgrounds and backcountry campgrounds provide a hanging truss. Food bags can be tied to the end of a rope and hauled high off the ground using the truss. Food lockers can also be found in some locations. Always carry 20 Meters of cord to hang your food. You may want to carry your own pad lock for storage lockers.

Animals of concern are Grizzly and Black Bears. Bears sense of smell is much better than it’s vision and they depend on it for their survival. If the wind is blowing in the right direction a bear can smell food several kilometers away. Should a Bear consume human food it will become a nuisance and eventually have to be put down. The actions of one single Individual feeding a bear will likely responsible for it’s death.

M.T. AlbertaWow

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