We were given instructions ("Bear Etiquette") which included:
- Never approach a bear. Okay. I have no problem with that rule.
- Never allow a bear to get human food. If approached while eating, put food away and retreat to a safe distance. Sorry, but if I'm approached while eating, I am not taking time to put the food away!!
- Never abandon food because of an approaching bear. Always take it with you. Yeah, right. This is too much like the previous one. Let's see... a bear approaches me because I have yummy food, how does taking said yummy food with me solve anything?
- Never throw your pack or food at a bear in an attempt to distract it. Sorry again, but I'm all for throwing anything (except a family member) at a bear if it will take its attention off me!
I thought of the movie The Great Outdoors often during our camping trip. In this scene, Chet (John Candy) attempts to bond with his younger son by taking him to a dump where the bears gather to forage on scraps. Obviously, they did not read the "Bear Etiquette" rules.