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Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
Nalgene for raccoon and rodent protection? on 04/15/2008 11:48:06 MDT Print View

Raccoons are a real issue here. Will a Nalgene bottle help keep out a raccoon?

Thanks.

Joe Kuster
(slacklinejoe) - MLife

Locale: Flatirons
Nalgene for raccoon and rodent protection on 04/15/2008 12:23:34 MDT Print View

Maybe the dumb ones would be detered but the habitiated ones who share campsites with humans might be clever enough to chew the lid off (softer plastic) or even get it unscrewed. If my puppy has figured out how to unscrew a pop top without chewing up the bottle I'm sure a racoon could get a nalgene.

I've seen racoons do crazy complicated stuff to get to food. The other part is they might just chew the rope off and just carry it off. I've watched them carry off beer cans that were cooling in the river like that.

Hung properly you might have a chance or you can go the OP Sack route and hope the scent proof container is doing it's thing. Make sure you follow the recommended procedures to keep food scent off the outside of the bag.

One of the more interesting options has been the new options is the bags on: www.wilderness-solutions.com
I haven't tested them but the thought is wonderfully amusing.

Edited by slacklinejoe on 04/15/2008 12:59:08 MDT.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
RatSack for Food Protection on 04/15/2008 16:13:02 MDT Print View

You might want to check out the Ratsack.

http://www.armoredoutdoorgear.com/ratsack.htm

About a week ago, I had posted a question about RatSack vs. the URSack.

My concern was that animals with sharp teeth might cut through the URSack.

Bonus is that the Ratsack is lighter, bigger, cheaper than the URSack.

(I do want to get an URSack, but I am holding out in the event that they get their approval back...maybe a redesign)

I opted for the 6 oz Ratsack for $30 and I think that it is almost twice the volume of the URSack.

Once I get some time using it, I will post up some sort of review.

Hope that this helps you.

-Tony

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Nalgene for raccoon and rodent protection? on 04/15/2008 23:14:01 MDT Print View

Bear Vaults will stop raccoons - due to the lid. Same Lexan base though. Raccoons are horridly crafty critters! They would pop the lid on a Nalgene in no time....

Steve Sands
(nornicotine) - F
Critter Can on 11/06/2008 17:42:28 MST Print View

If all you need to protect against are rodents, consider using 1 qt or 1 gal new, empty, paint cans. They are considerably lighter than bear canisters, and are impervious to chewing.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
racoons and squirrels on 11/08/2008 16:37:29 MST Print View

if they are anything like the city critters I am dealing with then the answer is "NO"... the squirrels have chewed a hole the size of a baseball right through the hard plastic of my composter!! I've watched racoons do a bit of damage in the backcountry.... by far the worst was my experience with a deer mouse though.