I did a little section of the AT in NY a couple years ago. One of the shelters in Harriman state park had many warning signs about bears. NB hikers I talked to as I headed S approaching the shelter told me that a bear had come into the shelter during the night sniffing at packs. The bear then climbed one of the food hang trees and "liberated" several food bags. Expecting a repeat performance, I choose to hike a couple miles further and "illegally" camp 200 yards off the AT. Avoiding all the bear fun.
Over 5 decades of hiking in the Cascades and Olympics, I've had a bear raid a hung food cache once (on the Olympic coast) Since then I got a lot more organized about how I hang food, but in the last decade, I switched to using an URSACK, which is a lot more convenient.
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