Why do wildlife interactions occur on campsites? What can be done to help discourage wildlife interaction?
Camping can be a great way to experience nature in its purest form. However, experiencing a natural environment also means having to share that environment with the wildlife living there. Conflicts between humans and wildlife abound at campgrounds, most commonly when animals are attracted to campsites. However, there are simple ways to help keep animals away from campsites.
Be sure to keep a clean camp. Dirty dishes and garbage may attract bears to a campsite. Dishes should be washed immediately after use, and the water used to clean the dishes should be dumped away from camp and about 200 feet away from any natural water sources. Deposit all garbage in wildlife-resistant trash containers, to be taken when leaving the campsite.
campsite as odorless as possible. Most animals, especially black bears,
have an excellent sense of smell and are attracted by food odors. Therefore,
store all extra food and any odorous toiletry products (deodorants, toothpastes,
lotions, soaps) in closed, hard-sided vehicle or special animal-resistant
containers, which should be labeled as such upon purchase. Store pet food
in a similar manner. Many animals (raccoons in particular) have an uncanny
ability of opening typically used containers, so ice chests and trash
receptacles should not be used unless necessary. Food and toiletries can
also be stored in durable bags suspended from trees, so animals cannot
reach them (about 10 feet high). Also, do not sleep in the same clothes
worn to handle game or to cook. To an animal, you might smell like dinner!
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