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    Try placing a ziplock bag full of ammonia or pinesol around the camera. If the bear bites it, it will have a mouth full of nastiness and an overwhelmed sense of smell. It should high-tail it out of there.

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    I'm going to go in a different direction. I'm curious how loud the cameras you are using are? I'm thinking that its the sound of them clicking off and on and running that might be piquing the bears curiosity? I would imagine that you are being careful with not holding a peanut butter and jam sandwich with one hand while you hang the camera with the other. Only a guess about the noise being the culprit but it might be worth thinking about?

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    The only thing that will work for sure is a bear box made by the cameras manufacture. If you spread peppers or anything else on the camera you run the risk of scaring off the game that you are trying to get pics of. I too have lost a trail cam to bears and while annoying it is the risk that you take putting something out in the woods. I have heard that bears like to chew on plastic for some reason.

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    Makarov is right, the pepper smell will attract a bear, it only works as a deterant if sprayed in their eyes. If you use bear spray to chase off a bear it's recommended to vacate the area as it will attract others back.
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    Eat the bears!!!

    I use Pinsol on my garbage containers. I haven't had a bear in them since I started useing it. It was actualy a tip I got from someone here. I can't remember who or I would give them credit. It works great, but I am not sure, it may repel the critters that you are trying to film as well.

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    hang it high in the tree, so bear cannot reach it, and have a small ladder beside

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    The bear box sounds sounds good, also remove all scent when placing camera wipe it down with something that removes grease and wear rubber gloves.
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    Maybe it's the bears way of telling you to keep the junk out of his home territory.

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    If you have a hot tub or swimming pool, or know someone who does - take one of those chlorine tabs (or a few depending on the size) and wire them to or around the camera. Those will burn our noses and a bear's is way more sensitive than ours. They will avoid it, so forget about getting photos of bears. Most other animals don't seem to mind it much, from wandering distance anyway. Just keep it secure (make a wire cage around the chlorine tab), you don't want any creatures thinking its a giant tic tac, they won't be happy.

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