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Old 09-04-2019, 08:00 AM   #1
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What do others do to be Bear Aware in Grand Tetons

T-minus 3 days and we are on our way to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone! We will be staying at Colter Bay RVP, and wonder how people meet the guidelines for being "Bear Aware".

We have a large cooler we will use during travel days until we get set up at the campsite. It really won't fit in the back of our F250, especially when we are driving around. Can we keep it in the back of the truck? It will be empty. Also, we use a small charcoal grill. I guess we need to clean and cool it off, but again, what do other people do? Do you put it in the trailer or in your truck?

We are excited, but stressing over some of these smaller questions. Thanks
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Old 09-04-2019, 08:27 AM   #2
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I would keep the cooler in the truck, and keep it covered with a blanket. A few years ago, there were bear breaking into vehicles parked while owners were canoe camping in the Boundary Waters here in MN because they saw the empty coolers in the parked vehicles. Once bear become used to where people keep food, they will go for it if they can. Also keep a clean camp: no food left out, nothing dumped in the fire grate. I canoe camp in the Boundary waters every summer for 25 or so years. Bear hit campsites regularly there, we've never had one.

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Kay, Thanks for your insights! Wish we could still do the kind of camping you do. I grew up doing canoe camping in the Adirondacks. Can't wait to get out on String lake and some other stuff as long as the weather cooperates.
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Old 09-04-2019, 09:15 AM   #4
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Bears are thought to have the best sense of smell of any animal on earth. A bear's sense of smell is 7 times better than a blood hound's or 2,100 times better than a human.
Bears are incredibly strong and can tear a door off of a car to get at food.
As a camp host I have had to chase off a couple of bears in camp. Mostly because they have become accustom to humans and there ice chest/picinic basket full of goodies. I have seen them break in to a cooler, eat all the sausages and bacon then drink all the beers.

Hopefully the camp ground you will be staying will have bear proof storage. We did, just getting people to use it was the chore.

If you are not provided with metal bear proof storage, the best you can do is lock your ice chest and grill inside the truck.

If you are not staying were people usually stay, like in a camp ground or civilization. you probably won't even see a bear. I have been backpacking for 50 years and never had a bad bear experience.

Camp grounds are prime hunting for bears and other varmints. Squires and raccoons are almost as bad as bears.
If you do see a bear in camp, yell at it bang some pots, make noise and "tell it to leave". Get a hand held air horn. We have never had to use our bear spray.


My best advise is be bear smart, ask locally how the bears have been and the best advise they have to mitigate the issue.

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Have fun and don't let a little bear scare you off of your trip.


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Colter Bay has bear-proof storage boxes in each site, and the hosts WILL remind you to put your stuff in them, including your grill, coolers, etc. Great time of year, I'll be a week or so behind you. Enjoy! I should edit this to say I now there were boxes in the non-RV park side which is much nicer and more spread out. But I would presume the full hookup side has them as well.
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If they don't offer bear information when you check in, you need to ask. Mostly its common sense. Don't leave anything that has had food in it or on it outside. I don't recall bear boxes at Coulter Bay (the full hookup part) but in Yellowstone we kept the BBQ and the ice chest in the box.
Also, I have run into bears at Tetons on the trails and near the campgrounds. Consider acquiring some bear spray and carrying it with you wherever you go. I think some places in the park rent bear spray by the day.
Enjoy the Tetons! It's one of our favorite parks.
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PCSKIER,

You would hope, but no. Only in the campground. I was told by the Park Ranger staff that the RV Park has a shed we can store our cooler in. Now what to do with the grill. Maybe we are cooking inside. Enjoy your trip!
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I watched a grizzly in Yellowstone sink his claws into each end of a Coleman cooler, give it a twist that opened the lid like a paper cup and eat an entire weeks worth of provisions for three, topping it off with crushing a can of nestles quick like you would a beer can and finishing it for desert. So do everything safely locked away - they WILL take anything they want. Who’ going to say no??
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Colter Bay has bear-proof storage boxes in each site, and the hosts WILL remind you to put your stuff in them, including your grill, coolers, etc. Great time of year, I'll be a week or so behind you. Enjoy! I should edit this to say I now there were boxes in the non-RV park side which is much nicer and more spread out. But I would presume the full hookup side has them as well.
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We are headed out next Wednesday. See you there.
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BTW, black bears are usually easy to scare off with banging pots, etc., but I wouldn't challenge a grizzly! They don't scare.

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The gotcha with a grill is that getting it fully clean is not all that easy. If it's still got grease on it, the smell will act as a bear attractant. They won't eat the grill or likely even damage it. The issue is that it will get them wandering around your campsite looking for stuff. They are *not* what you want to bump into when opening the trailer door in the morning.

For that matter, even opening the door and finding a Bison has bedded down outside is probably not what you want to find. Bears are not the only issue ( we had the Bison issue a few weeks back ....).

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I'll second the Bison concern in Yellowstone and Tetons. They get very close and might even use your camper as a back scratcher. Doesn't seem like it would work that well but he didn't ask me.
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We just returned from Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. If you have not done so I highly recommend that you down load the Gypsy Guide ap which is a driving tour for both. We have been t o the parks numerous times but this time with the ap we learned and saw much more than ever before
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It’s important to know the difference between black bear scat and grizzly scat. Black bear scat usually has lots of berries and nuts, grizzly scat does as well, but it ma also contain jingle bells and bear mace. ����
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