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[–] hairynip 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

You are worrying too much for sure, but doing things to minimize your risk is always the right thing to do. Hanging food up high and away from the tree trunk, keeping food out of your tent, and paying attention to signs of bears will reduce the chance of encountering one.

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[–] Wafflebutt 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

No food in the tent, and also avoid smelly soap, toothpaste, etc in your tent Anything that smells interesting.

Edit...and no, you probably don't need to worry. As long as you take precautions, you are unlikely to run into bear,

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[–] ShimmyShimmy 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

When you see a bear in the woods, play dead. Grateful Dead

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[–] knuklz 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

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[–] woofcat 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I go camping in places considered 'bear' country. If you're concerned then please buy bear spray and know how / when to use it. If you do encounter a bear and have to deploy the spray (already crazy rare) then it has a 96% chance of deterring the bear. (Better deterrent than a firearm)

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[–] neutralstrike 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

My friends to out hunting for Bears and leave food out as bait. The Bears never come. If you're concerned the best defence is bear spray. Keep it on you at all times if that makes you feel safe.

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[–] Wolfs_claw 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I camped all over the Sierra Nevadas in California which has a large black bear population, including aggressive bears which have been relocated after breaking into people's cars and coolers.

I was trained to hang bear bags in which you basically use parachute cord, throw a weighted end over a tree branch and pull up your bag of "smellables" including food, toothpaste, soap, sunscreen and anything else with an interesting smell a bear might want to eat. It should be high enough so a bear can't jump for it and far enough out on the branch so the bear can't reach it from the tree trunk. I don't remember the exact measurements of how high and far it should be, but there are many guides online. This method is a pain in the ass when you remember something you need which is already in the bag and up in the tree.

Lately, I've heard campers and backpackers enjoy using bear cannisters for convenience. I haven't tried one of those but the reviews seem positive.

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[–] neutralstrike 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

My friends to out hunting for Bears and leave food out as bait. The Bears never come. If you're concerned the best defence is bear spray. Keep it on you at all times if that makes you feel safe.