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curries and attracting bears?
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Kevin Burton
(burtonator) - F

Locale: norcal
curries and attracting bears? on 02/21/2013 00:20:07 MST Print View

I like to pack red and green curry into the park. That and some coconut milk powder and some rice make a KILLER dinner.

However, it's VERY pungent and has a lot of smell.

It's not a typical bear food so I"m wondering if you guys think it will attract bears.

Paul Mountford
(Sparticus) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic Canada
Re: curries and attracting bears? on 02/21/2013 04:01:59 MST Print View

I’m a big fan of curries in my camping food, and have done so in black bear country with no issues.

Below is a link to a podcast from Practical Backpacking that contains an interview with a Black Bear expert from Yosemite and is quite educational:

My take away from that podcast is that any food can attract Black Bears regardless of how pungent it is. The key is correctly dealing with your food so that the bears do not become habituated to humans by successfully getting at your food. I will continue to enjoy my curry!

Edited by Sparticus on 02/21/2013 05:47:10 MST.

Michael Cockrell

Locale: Central Valley, Lodi-Stockton, CA
Re: curries and ME! on 02/21/2013 10:38:52 MST Print View

Heck with the bear!

I savor currie dishes almost every meal, even breakfast! I also put on salads!

So, if your camping any distance near me, and start cooking a currie dish, I bet I'll be at your camp before the bear even gets a wiff!

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: curries and attracting bears? on 02/21/2013 16:50:39 MST Print View

If worried, cook before camp. Although, frankly curries are pungent and well.....I wouldn't worry. But that is me. Curry is though a great human repellant when one!

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: curries and attracting bears? on 02/23/2013 19:38:51 MST Print View

Try the Opsacks. They really hold in the smell. I put a bunch of curry paste packets in there to keep the curry from stinking up the rest of my food and once inside, I couldn't smell them at all.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Re: curries and attracting bears? on 02/23/2013 22:17:58 MST Print View

Just make it spicy. It'll remind em of bear spray and they'll be afraid.