in the Sierra High Country
Regardless of your destination in the Sierra Nevada, food storage will be a vital part of your trip to protect the environment as well as to keep you from starving. Very simple precautions can protect your food from a variety of animals, the most notorious being the Black Bear. These precautions vary depending upon your location. In high use areas, vehicles with food inside get dismantled on a regular basis and leaving food in a tent is just asking for an addition of a skylight to the tent.
In the frontcountry, all scented items should be stored in bear proof lockers where provided. If bear proof lockers are not provided, food must be stored either within a building, or in a trunk or out of site within the vehicle.
In the backcountry there are currently several
regions withing the Sierra Nevada that REQUIRE food to be
stored in approved containers (These areas very year by year
and are dependent upon management agencies - for a thorough
description of the rules and regulations in the area you plan
on visiting, contact the management agency that governs the
area.) Where bear proof containers are not required, food
can be stored using the counterbalance hanging method or using
available backcountry bear lockers (for a description of the
counterbalance method, and a list of backcountry bear box
locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, visit Sequoia and Kings
Canyon National Park bear management web
page). Bear proof containers are always recommended by
management agencies. Although there are many bear resistant
containers available, one should check with the agency where one is traveling through to determine which methods are required (for example, Yosemite provides an approved bear canister list)
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