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    Not sure if/how it will work with a camera- but here is a trick used by Horse Packers in the Lochsa country and Frank Church Wilderness. Take a balloon ( like a party balloon) and put a tablespoon of ground cayenne pepper in it and then blow it up/tie it off. Coat the balloon with bacon grease or peanut butter and hang it by the camera. The bear will bite or paw the balloon and get a snout full of cayenne pepper when it pops. This trick works very well with ice coolers and other things you don't want a bear getting into- they always seem to go for the balloon first, and learn real quick to avoid human stuff after encountering one of those pepper 'bombs', according to the Packers that told me about it.

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    I built a metal cage for mine, 1/4" round stock. a bear ripped the nylon strap on the back side of the tree,but no damage to the camera. With that being stated I could never get a trail cam that would stay working 3014 days before they messed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theswimmer View Post
    We used to fill a water pistol with urine..
    this just begs the question "how"? LOL
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    Habenaro Hot Sauce

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    Try a cheaper camera. Not one of the gourmet ones.

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    [QUOTE=Makarov;1423576]When bear spray first came out, people in Alaska thought it was a wonderful

    When bear spray first came out, some tourist's visiting British columbia used bear spray like mosquito repellant and figured they cover them selves with the stuff and this would protect them from the bears

    The smell does attract wildlife after it has been deployed, i know of some tree planters who used up some expired cans and sure enough there was bear sign later on...

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    Put something to attract the bear away from the camera , but still in it's field of view. That way you get pics and perhaps your camera won't get disturbed.

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    I have knowledge of bears other than the 1 i watched walk through or camp or i've watched on TV.

    I would like to point out though, that what us humans find smells bad or tough to eat doesn't always mean the same for animals.
    My Jack Russell dog eats the hottest curries you can imagine, stuff that i can't eat 1/2 a fork full of she gulps down with no apparent side effects.

    So chillis, spices etc do not have the same effect on animals.

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    deer off is a product lowes sells to keep deer from eating plants. smells like rotten eggs. not sure if it would work or not.

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