5 Useful Tips to Keep Wildlife Away from Your Campsite
While you admire wildlife when you go outdoors, they may become a nuisance when they arrive at your sleeping time when you want to unwind after a tiring hike. Animals may be attracted to your campsite for various reasons like warmth of your campfire or plain curiosity, but the main reason is food. Here are a few useful methods to make your campsite animal-proof.
1. Keep Smell Away
Animals have a great power of smelling. If the food at your campsite is smelling, animals are bound to get attracted to it. Never allow anything to spill on the ground. If it spills, pick it up and seal, and pack out every bit of uneaten food. Use odor-proof plastic bags to pack leftovers. You can also use bear canister made of solid plastic and equipped with a heavy-duty plastic lid that animals are unable to pry open. Also keep in mind to handle all these bags and canisters with clean hands, not letting anything remain stuck on their outer sides.
2. Be Careful with Trash
One of the main scouting practices that emphasize on ‘Leave No Trace’ is setting up your sleeping area at least 200 feet from the area where you will cook or place anything smellable. Keep the area always clean and pick up leftovers and spilled food. You should also strain all wash water and disperse it at least 200 feet from your camp. A raccoon proof trash can is a best solution to keep the spot clean and detract critters.
3. Don’t Use Artificial Smells
It’s because they are a great attraction for animals. A raccoon or bear a mile away from your camp won’t smell your frozen spaghetti, but will smell your soap, deodorant or lotion. So, avoid using these scented ‘smellables’. If you want to use them, use them in the morning so that their smell will fade by bedtime.
4. Keep Food Out of Sight
Once animals come to know that boxes, cans and bags contain food, they will go on exploring all the similar boxes, cans and bags in the hope for finding food, though they may be empty or contain something else. So, you should keep them out of the sight of animals.
5. Hanging Food doesn’t Keep it Out of Reach but Offers Safety
A bear cub is able to climb as high as a 70-foot tall tree, in 10 seconds! Mom bear too can climb though slower than the cub, but quicker than you. So, leave the idea of hanging your food. Still many park authorities recommend campers to hang food for their own safety, i.e. to keep food and humans separate.
Use these tips and make your camping trip fun in a true sense.