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Always be prepared for survival situations.
Be Safe Out There. Driving to the trailhead, hiking along the trail or bushwhacking and camping in the backcountry need some special techniques and good equipment. Keep your tent, sleeping bag, backpack and other gear in tip top condition.
Safe drinking water is one of your main concerns. Water filters and water purifiers provide safe and convenient water wherever you are.
Be aware of hypothermia whenever in cool, moist windy situations.
So pack up your tent, sleeping bag, and camping gear on your pack frame and get out there.
HIKING AND CAMPING WITH BEARS
Is there a bear in the woods?
It’s important to note that not all wildlife create conflicts. Although it might not appear so at the time, the animals, which are often referred to as nuisance or problem animals, are innocent. When a conflict exists between humans and animals it is usually because the animal is only doing what it needs to do to survive. It is simply following its own instincts, and intends no harm or discomfort.
How To Prevent Bear Problems
Bears can be trouble or a treat, depending on the situation. Bears in a wildland setting where there are few people or where bear hunting is allowed are more prone to avoid a human encounter. Sighting one is a treat.
Bears in a protected environment or where people are more frequent, can easily become habituated to expect a benefit from the human animal. Most of the trouble involves food--either yours or their’s. Bear attacks on the trail are rare, usually when cubs are present or getting to close to the bear’s feeding area.
Each of us is responsible for keeping a clean camp and ensuring that we do not encourage problem behavior among bears. Here are some tips:
• Do not leave food or garbage in your vehicle or tent.
• Do not leave fish entrails along streams or trails. Puncture the air bladder and sink the entrails in deep water, or pack them out
• If hunting, hang game at least 10 feet off the ground and 4 feet away from tree trunks.
• If there is a bear in your area and it doesn't appear to be just passing through, make noise by banging pots and pans together and shouting to try to encourage the bear to leave. Do not approach the bear.
• A general rule of thumb: anything with an odor, even if it is not food-related can attract bears to your site. Keep anything with an odor in a secure place (bears have been known to get into motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, paint, and cleaning agents).
While hiking in bear habitat of a “wild” population where bear problems are very rare, relax and enjoy the outing. If you are in a national park or area where bears and humans have closer contact, making noise and taking extra precautions may prevent a fright or injury.
Bear Protection. If you feel the need to carry a pepper spray to feel secure, be sure you have the right stuff. Here's how to select and use bear pepper spray:
Carry a Can of Bear-B-Gone
Montana bear management specialists strongly endorse bear pepper spray for people recreating or working in grizzly country. Some of their tips on which sprays to buy and how to use them:
Always report encounters with grizzly or black bears where the bear is aggressive or displays defensive behaviors toward people, livestock or pets by contacting wildlife or land management agency nearest the area where the bear is seen.