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Bear Proofing a Car

Postby rightstar76 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:10 am

I might be going backpacking in a few weeks and I want to get my car bear proof ready. It's clean but occasionally I store a Clif Bar in the armrest console or the glove compartment and sometimes in the trunk. I've had one there for a week. So I was wondering how you get rid of those food scents so that your car is in one piece when you come back.



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Re: Bear Proofing a Car

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:52 am

sounds like you are going to one of the national parks?

If you keep it clean and put things like ice chests out of site (they know what those look like, also backpacks, bags and boxes) or in the bear lockers, you won't have an issue. Just be sure to get lip balms, lotions, etc out too. Vacuum all the crumbs and stuff out of the floorboards.
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Re: Bear Proofing a Car

Postby RooPhillip » Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:11 am

If the Clif Bar was still in its wrapper the smell it left is probably insignifigant by now.

If you leave the trunk and/or windows open for a night or two before you leave the scent should be gone for sure if there's no food residue remaining.

If you want to mask food odors from bears plain ol' Pine-Sol works well.

(Marmots: now that's another thing altogether...) :(
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Re: Bear Proofing a Car

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:43 pm

Any thoughts on mothballs? Animal control once recommended that we throw socks stuffed with mothballs and tied off into each end of a culvert where a skunk was residing (after the skunk left in the evening!). That worked. We put mothball socks around our engine when we parked at Onion Valley this year to thwart marmots, but don't have a way of telling if they were effective. We also brought a couple to put on our packs at night to keep the marmots and other rodents from chewing on our packs (I had to replace the straps already). Anyone have some knowledge on this method?
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Re: Bear Proofing a Car

Postby rightstar76 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:23 am

Thanks everyone for the advice. I am going to vaccuum my car. Mothballs would probably take care of the problem. I don't think bears would like them. They would stink up my car though. But if that's what it takes to keep the marmots out then I guess it's worth it. I didn't know marmots had become a problem in Onion Valley. Is that just this year?
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Re: Bear Proofing a Car

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:40 pm

Our original plan was to take a trip from a trailhead that might have a marmot problem. Then it snowed all winter and spring. But we kept the anti-marmot tactics going.
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Re: Bear Proofing a Car

Postby gdurkee » Sat Oct 01, 2011 5:08 pm

Ah, the mothball urban legend that never dies. Doesn't work. Nope. Sorry.

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Re: Bear Proofing a Car

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:22 pm

gdurkee wrote:Ah, the mothball urban legend that never dies. Doesn't work. Nope. Sorry.

George


The basis for using them was flimsy, but I figured it couldn't hurt. My biggest concern was that the smell would draw guys needing to take a leak. :lol:
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