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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 2:45 pm 
This has only happened to us once, and we were able to camp elsewhere, but what do you do if you have a permit for a campsite and you arrive to find a bear or two hanging out there? Do you just carry on and set up your tent?

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 3:19 pm 
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Bearanoid? Just go!

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 3:40 pm 
No, not bearanoid, but thanks for asking. 🙄 Itís nothing to do with going or not going, and itís a perfectly valid question, which you answered by not answering.

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 3:56 pm 
Black bears or brown bears? If it's a brown bear I wouldn't go anywhere near. If it's a black bear I guess it would depend on several things. I once had bear cubs climb into the back of my truck at Cougar Rock CG at Mt Rainier with their mother nearby. I kept my distance until they left.

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 3:58 pm 
I would camp elsewhere. Nowdays it'd be fairly easy to take a photo to explain the situation to a ranger if the need arose. I can't imagine they'd disagree with your decision.

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 4:01 pm 
Now thatís a great story! biggrin.gif Iím talking black bears.

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 4:03 pm 
Hmmm. Maybe. I guess it would depend on where you are. I might run it by a ranger next time I see one!

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 4:04 pm 
A couple years ago were were backpacking in the Bob and after going over the pass from Grizzly bear basin we encountered miles of blowdowns from a fire over the trail. So we were looking for a place to camp along the creek and came to a perfect spot, an abandoned horse camp. We were getting ready to set up camp when we spotted a huge pile of bear scat, I thing black bear....we decided to move on and after a couple more miles of misery we found another spot.

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 4:23 pm 
Chief Joseph wrote:
A couple years ago were were backpacking in the Bob and after going over the pass from Grizzly bear basin we encountered miles of blowdowns from a fire over the trail. So we were looking for a place to camp along the creek and came to a perfect spot, an abandoned horse camp. We were getting ready to set up camp when we spotted a huge pile of bear scat, I thing black bear....we decided to move on and after a couple more miles of misery we found another spot.
Yeah, thatís prudent if you donít need a permit. Iím specifically looking at something up near the Seven Lakes Basin, so permits are pretty enforced. The only time weíve dealt with this situation was several years ago up at LaCross Basin. We were planning on camping at LaCross lake, but found a big, healthy blackie sitting by it, so we camped at nearby Heart lake instead. That said, there was bear poop EVERYWHERE! There was no avoiding it. I wrote up a report on that trip, so you can read all about it! It was a weird one. The bears were very thick that week! 🐻

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 4:48 pm 
Flower Sniffer wrote:
Iím specifically looking at something up near the Seven Lakes Basin, so permits are pretty enforced.
Not much you can do to get away from bears on the High Divide area. Also not much history of actual bear threatening behavior around there. You are required to use a bear canister and camp in designated camping spots in that area so as long as you are careful about a clean camp I don't think bears would be an issue for you. Most bears there just ignore people and move away. Rumi

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 4:53 pm 
I waited three or four hours to back little trailer into camp spot in Jellystone N.P. Bull bison claimed possession. I didnít contest it.

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 5:01 pm 
I've had this happen twice, both in the Olympics, Enchanted Valley and Glacier Meadows. Both times the bears were fat and happy and just grazing in the meadows. Both were large campsites so we and the other groups camped as normal and tried to give the bears their space and made sure to be careful with our food.

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 5:14 pm 
This time of the year at places like 10 lake basin there are bears pretty much everywhere feeding on berries. In my experience they totally ignore humans and are not a problem. In a less rich ecosystem I would camp elsewhere. If the bears are used to humans (garbage bears), garbage around camps esp fish guts, follow you around, or Griz, go elsewhere. In California if there are piles of fist sized rocks at all the camp sites look elsewhere keep walking.

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 5:47 pm 
There are tons of bears in the Seven Lakes Basin area right now. We were up there a couple weeks ago and, depending on how you count them, saw 5-7 bears in three days. One was up close and personal. The first was right on the High Divide Trail. I came around a sharp corner and the bear was coming up the trail right in front of me. I will admit that I jumped backward. The bear acted very appropriately. My hiking partners who were right behind me never even saw it. At Hoh Lake where the 4-site campground was full we saw three bears in the evening and 2 in the morning (I think two were the same as we had seen in the evening so I would set the total at 5 bears for the trip). Those bears were used to people and my guess is that the bear you saw was the same. I would leave it alone and come back later to camp in the designated site. Wherever the bear goes to bed down it won't be in the designated camps. For the second night of our trip we were in a seldom visited basin. We found a bear there but it didn't stick around. It was amazing to see the cliffs it scaled to get out of the basin. There is a big difference in behavior between bears that are used to seeing people and that one that wasn't used to people.

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PostSun Sep 11, 2022 5:54 pm 
RumiDude wrote:
Not much you can do to get away from bears on the High Divide area. Also not much history of actual bear threatening behavior around there.
Yes, I fully expect to see bears, and I'm fine with that! I like bears! That's not really what I was asking about!

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