Leave nothing odorous about! Caution is needed for those entering black bear country. Campers and park visitors need to know how to secure their campsites to make them less attractive to bears. This sign giving the first warning was displayed boldly at the White River entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. These signs would be well posted around the communities in the Cascade foothills where black bears encounter everyday life in the northwest. On this day, though we are in alpine country and we drove to the end of the road at 6,400 feet in elevation at Sunrise Lodge, picnic area and trail heads, we enjoyed our picnic lunch in the hot sunshine sharing bits with the ‘Camp Robbers,’ (Gray Jays) who came to beg. Then we descended to about 4,000 feet to the White River Campground where a sign at each site, warned not to leave any food, dishes, cooking utensils, cooking oil/grease, garbage, even personal items like toothpaste, soap and deodorant about which might attract unwanted guests, ie: bears! We enjoyed our mint cookies and hot coffee at a picnic table in the campground before heading back down the mountain and home again, encountering no bears, thankfully!
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