Animals And Food

Bears and rodents will gnaw through plastic bags, packs, and even tents for food. A food sack or pack hung from a tree or suspended from a pole must be farther from the tree trunk and higher from the ground than a bear can reach. Watch out for mice that can walk a tight line and drop down to the food. Hanging food 4 feet from the tree trunk and 8 feet from the ground gives you a fighting chance against animals.

Some other tips: Keep the cooking area and food storage well away from where you sleep. Package food in containers with tight lids or in sealed plastic bags to conceal the smell. Don't encourage the wildlife by feeding them.

Hiding a food cache for your party in the wilderness is generally not acceptable. Animals can get into an improperly protected food cache and leave a big mess, which will only draw more animals.

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