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It's rare that you'll encounter bears on your hiking or camping trips, but there are a few safety tips to help you avoid attracting them. If you hike where there are bears, tie your spoon and metal dish to your back pack. The clanging as you hike will scare them away. Keep all food in sealed containers and, if possible, store it in the limbs of a tree near your site. Whenever possible, try to keep your cooking and sleeping areas at least 100 feet apart from one another. Dispose of any uneaten food immediately, in a location that is not near your campsite.