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Coolers and bear boxes

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Coolers and bear boxes

We're going to SEKI in mid June and I've got a question about what needs to go in the bear box. I know that all food and scented items need to go in the box, but we've got a 5 gallon water jug that is round and blue. It's obviously not a food cooler, but would a bear think so and therefore should it go in the box? What about those 2 1/2 gallon clear water containers? Can you leave those out?


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1. Re: Coolers and bear boxes

You should put them in a bear box. You never really know if they might smell of food items and attract a bear.

Certainly do not leave them in your car in plain sight.

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While staying in the Grant Grove cabins, we had to cover any coolers that we left in the cabin - bears recognize sources of food by sight, and they had been known to wander through the cabins and look in windows. Urk! So, to be safe, I would either stow it in a bearbox or put it as low in the car as possible and completely covered up. ***Make sure nobody spills actual food on it!

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3. Re: Coolers and bear boxes

People leave them out on top of the bearbox all the time. Bears ignore them. Best thing to do though is listen to ranger advice. Likewise, I see cups left near the water, and paper towels. Bears walk right by paper towels.

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