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The 9 Items Most Likely to Attract a Bear to Your Campsite

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The 9 Items Most Likely to Attract a Bear to Your Campsite

One of the coolest things about camping is the fact that you may be sharing the habitat of more than a few wild animals — but it’s also one of the scariest things to think about. And because camping is all about respecting nature, it’s pretty important to make sure that while visiting any ecosystem, you don’t disrupt the lives of any permanent residents — especially those who are bigger, faster, and stronger than you.

We first turned to experts at the National Park Service to ask what kinds of foods would be most likely to attract bears and other animals, but the answer, it turns out, is a little too simple to break down: pretty much all of it.

“Bears are omnivores, consuming a variety of plant- and animal-based meals throughout the months that they are not hibernating,” says Kati Schmidt of the National Park Service. “When it comes to foods that are meant for us humans, ‘all of the above’ is the general answer for foods that may attract animals to your campsite.”