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Wolf, Jerry . 2006. T&D Snippets—Bear-Resistant Containers for Rafters. 0623 2S35. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National Technology and Development Program.

Bear-Resistant Containers for Rafters

By Keith Windell

When rafters decide to camp during their journey, their food and drinks can attract unwanted dinner guests, such as bears. This tech tip describes three types of containers and explains tests that were conducted to see if they were bear-resistant.

Bears ripped the lid off the commercially available plastic cooler, danced on top of the prototype insulated dry box, and cleaned their claws on the hinges of the prototype storage box. Repairs and modifications were needed on the most promising of the designs. Before further tests could be conducted, funding ran out and the project was ended. None of the containers have been officially certified for food storage by the Sierra Interagency Black Bear Group or the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.

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