Any tips to keep bears from eating trail cams?

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  1. Joezilla

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    We just lost another trailcam to an annoying bear. No SD card either, maybe it swallowed it? Does anyone have any tips? Rubbing dirt or anything on it? It also decided to eat the gas cans near the neighbor's shed.
     
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    hot peppers mabey?wrap em in barbed wire?
     
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    Stop smearing them in honey? :)
     
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    I know certain camera manufacturers make a bear box which consists of a steel box that your camera goes in and then is locked to the tree with a cable. This will prevent the camera from being destroyed by bears and also theft if that is a concern.
     
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    What is it about gas cans? A few years ago I had a bear pass by my tent, by a salmon that I had stupidly left on the grill, and then proceed to eat a brand new Sigg gas bottle.---- Wish I knew what to tell you. The only bear deterrent I know of is a 300 grain Barnes bullet.
     
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    Capsaicin oil from ghost peppers.
    The second hottest in the world.
    Just don't get it on your skin.
    Rub it all over the camera housing.
    Then set up a second camera to get it on film... LOL
     
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    At your local pet store, look for a product called bitter apple. It is designed to taste bad to animals.
     
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    You could probably rig one of those "motion-sensor-bathroom-air freshener-sprayer-things" with bear mace... :)
     
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    When bear spray first came out, people in Alaska thought it was a wonderful deterrent and sprayed it all over out houses etc to keep the bears away in the off season. unfortunately it might be a great deterrent when sprayed in the eyes it is a wonderful condiment when sprayed on an out house or pick nick table at least to a bear. I would skip the peppers.

    Anything that smells bad enough to keep a bear away would likely keep the other animals away as well perhaps you could make a box out of a large piece of steel pipe

    I found this thread by goggling bear proof camera box http://va-outdoors.com/showthread.php?6719-Critter-proof-your-Trail-Camera all it really says is that if you build one build it tough.
     
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    it might not be bears at all.. im thinkin sasquatch
     
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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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    Sooner or later we all get tired of being chased around by the paparazzi...

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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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    You might try a solar powered hot wire around the tree. It seems they aren't real fond of getting bit.
     
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    bad grammar.

    Makarov and gasmandave are correct. Do not apply capsaicin oil or pepper spray to anything. Bears are strongly scent-driven animals and they will be attracted by this odor, not repelled by it. I once heard Kevin Callan (noted canoeist and canoe-camper) giving a talk and on the subject of bear avoidance he told a story about a novice camper who sprayed his tent with bear spray (ie: pepper spray) and when he returned from paddling, a bear was eating his tent - not searching inside it for food - eating the tent itself. Bear spray only works by irritating their eyes and nasal mucosa when sprayed directly at these sensitive areas.

    Regrettably, I have no positive suggestions on how to prevent your cameras from being eaten by bears.

    - Martin
     
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    I am afraid that many of these suggestions will make sure that you don't get pictures of any wildlife...
     
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    MOTH BALLS! But you'll have to catch a bunch of em.
     
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    Here is a link to a steel box made for the cameras. I use them but I don't have bears, just maggots.


    http://www.camlockbox.com
     
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    give it something better than the camera to mess with and he wont even notice it.

    something shiny maybe
     
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    wrapping barbed wire works for trail signs to keep the bears from eating the sign - might work for the camera - the portable electric fence idea is probably the best - I have a friend that uses that when camping in AK
     
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    I think I'm going to convert an old ammocan with some of the ideas I've had here. I've got a smaller one that fits perfect. I'll be checking it Tuesday to see if its still there. I'm hoping the briars I wrapped around it did a little. I pretty much ruled out peppers, as the thing ate a gas can and pepper tastes different than it feels in the eye. Apparently Gasoline does too..to bears.
     
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    Those things always scare the $h#% out of me. You walk by and a loud "PSSSST" right by you.
     
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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.

    Shane
     
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    this just begs the question "how"? LOL
     
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    Try a cheaper camera. Not one of the gourmet ones.
     
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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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