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Old 07-28-2020, 02:12 PM   #1
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Bear admiring our Airstream...

We were staying in the RMNP Moraine campground last week. Each night there were multiple reports of bear break-ins or attempts in cars and trucks. I saw windows shattered and one truck with an aluminum bed cover torn off so the bear could get to food. Our truck was unlocked one night, and a bear opened the door and came in to take a look. No damage.


But check out this bear that was admiring our Excella early in the morning (watch the license plate):


No damage or scratches, but the next morning I noticed my license plate had moved a couple of inches. I just figured a kid bumped it...
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Old 07-28-2020, 03:01 PM   #2
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It's that time of year...looking to fatten up before winter.

Cool that you caught him on camera! We've had them in our bird feeders & trash at home this week...time to bring the trash cans into the garage! I don't mind them...but they do scare the dogs & horses in the area.

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Cool stealth cam. Nice to know whats going on around camp when you're asleep or not around!
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Old 07-28-2020, 03:56 PM   #4
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Years ago, a female grizzly developed a taste for sewer hoses at the Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone. She generally worked nights but more than a few visitors got quite the rude awakening when they jumped out the trailer door to investigate those noises coming from street side...

The bear management guys eventually had to remove her after relocation failed. She went off to live in captivity.
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Old 07-29-2020, 10:04 AM   #5
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The bear has good tastes! Glad you were not in a popup trailer or tent!
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Thanks for the reminder to never leave food in the tow vehicle.

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thx for the post......
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Very interesting. What were you using to record at night with such quality?
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Great video. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for the reminder to never leave food in the tow vehicle.



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Two years ago we were in Lake City at a RV park. The guy I a class A purchased a crate of peaches and stored it in a basement of his RV. That night a bear open the door without using the latch and had a midnight snack. Many dollars later the door was installed. Do not store food where a bear can get them.
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I too am interested in what type of camera/recording device you use?
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We have been told to cover coolers in our car with blankets as the bears know what the coolers look like or maybe they just recognize the shapes.

We also unloaded LOTS of pumpkins from our covered pickup bed one fall at King's Canyon NP as the bears had been breaking in. (Rangers advised us to) Stayed in the Lodge on second floor without elevator. Several luggage carts later we got the pumpkins upstairs to the spare bed in room.
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Very interesting. What were you using to record at night with such quality?
"Suzbp I too am interested in what type of camera/recording device you use?"

Hey folks sinse the OP has not responded. If you look at the frame of the video you can see the information you are asking about.


Stealth Cam STC-XV4X Advanced Night Imaging Trail Camera. See it on Amazon. $149.00. Hope that helps.

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Yes, sorry, I don't know the exact brand. It belonged to a friend that was tent camping next to us. It's just one of those battery-powered "Trail Cameras" that hunters buy. It detects motion and then saves a short video to an SD card.
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Thank you both for response!
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Remember, a fed bear is a dead bear.
In CO, relocation is NOT an option for a troublesome bear.
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Some years ago, while overnighting at the Mt. Whitney Portal parking lot for an early AM assault on the mastiff, I took in numerous warnings about bears breaking into vehicles. I was ready. I placed pie tins inside and under my truck—maybe five in all—filled with ammonia. Wild animals have particularly sensitive noses, and ammonia is said to be a big turn-off. We got back from our hike to the top of the world late the next day and there was graphic evidence of the efficaciousness of my approach—TWO vehicles either side of my truck had their windows punched out and none of my tins were molested.

No big deal to carry a packet of empty pie tins and a gallon jug of ammonia, which can be recycled before moving on. Worked for me.
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Thank you for the video! Very interesting, and interesting bear stories as well! But I have a question - won't bears smell food that is inside your trailer?
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I asked the park Ranger about food in trailers. He said they don't seem to bother trailers, probably because they know people are in them. He said they avoid confrontation. While we were there about 6 car attacks - windows busted out etc. But not a single camper or tent.
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There are bears up here, too...

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...He said they avoid confrontation.
This is true. Up here on the side of the mountain where I live, we've had an itinerant Black Bear roaming the area lately. Fortunately there's enough of a neighbor network so that we know when he/she's close by.

Even so, I don't keep the garbage can outside, and this year I had the blackberry bushes 'nuked' (they were getting way out of hand) to keep bovine food sources in check.

I have an upper meadow of about two acres that I've let go 'wild' so that the wildlife have a place to call their own*. I try to maintain a large border area between that and the house so that the bear, the local bobcat family, and the occasional bull elk aren't tempted to cross it.

I go out nightly to read, and am always sure to make noise around sunset time...




*This year, we have a different variety of owl that has moved in; a Boreal Owl. Haven't seen it yet. But sure have heard it. 'I wish you good hunting, mate!' In past years, there's been a roatating menagerie: couple varieties of hawks, wild turkeys, Spotted Owls, Barred Owls, Barn Owls (their screech will make your hair stand on end, particularly if they're only about 15 feet away, perched on the garden fence!), and the perennial favorite, Great Horned Owls.
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