In an attempt to reduce backcountry bear/human encounters, the U.S. Forest Service is renting bear canisters to campers for $2.50 a day, according to backcountry.com. The Carson RangerDistrict of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has started sellingand renting bear canisters for back-country visitors.The canisterscost $75.They rent for $2.50 a day with an $82 deposit. Although not required in the Humboldt-Toiyabe as they are inYosemite National Park and the Inyo National Forest, bear canisters are touted by USFSofficials as the best way to keep bears away from human food. Agency spokeswoman Lindsay Pulliamsays they are so effective that wildlife biologists have observed bearswalk away from a camp once they spot the containers.
In case you do run into a too-curious bear, check out what to do in our 2009 Survival Guide.