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Does burning trash in a camp fire attract bears?

Are you more likely to attract bears by burning trash in a camp fire at a campsite?

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Yes, it's possible that if you burn your garbage, it may still attract bears. A bears sense of smell is 2,100 times better than a human and is said to have the best sense of smell of any animal on earth.

  • With that said, it's recommended that you burn any food waste completely in a hot fire if you can't pack it out with you.
  • Pack everything else out with you when you leave a campsite.
  • Food and garbage are equally attractive to bears, so treat them with equal care. 

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