Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Bears
Fri, 13 Aug 1999 11:46:44 -0400
I was there two weeks ago and I can attest to the seriousness of the
bear problem at Lake Colden. Unfortunately, the beautiful area has
been trashed by campers. No doubt that same bear (there were five one
night!) was the huge one roaming among the sites, including ours. We
had no food, but it didn't stop him from checking things out. We saw
his eerie shadow through our tent as others shined lights around the
grounds. We took the ranger's advice the first night and hung our
food about 100 yards in the woods, although when you get into the
woods it's difficult to find trees far enough apart. We suffered only
a squirrel hole in a bag that night. The second night we found a
better place, but closer to the CG. Although the bears didn't get it,
they sure tried. We tied off twice, and the bear chewed through the
first one and apparently gave up when nothing happened. It also
knocked down a tree (5"-7" in diameter) with no problem, in order to
get to the ties.
> According to the Ranger at Lake Colden, the bears
> in this area appear to be operating by sight with regard to bear bags.
Yes. Another camper that night (I didn't see this) hung a dummy bag and
watched a bear climb up, take a flying leap at the bag, get it, and
then go off in a huff after finding nothing there. It wasn't smelling
> (200-300 yards out), use dark bags and dark rope, hang the bags between two
> trees at least 20-30 feet apart and 15 feet high, preferably over a stream
A MOST difficult scenario to find, unfortunately!
(much excellent advice deleted).
> Although the remote nature of these camps, especially Lake Colden, probably
> deters the least well prepared,
That was not my experience that night. There were some who were
totally unaware about taking precautions. When I'm in the area in the
future, I plan to cook in one place, hang in another, and sleep in a
> I suspect that it is merely a matter of
> time before someone is seriously injured or killed there.