With the Fall Strawberry Music festival coming up in 10 days, management just issued this important alert:
BEARS HAVE BEEN IN CAMP MATHER THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. IF YOU SEE A BEAR DO NOT APPROACH IT. TRY TO SCARE IT AWAY BY BANGING POTS & PANS, SHINING A FLASHLIGHT, OR MAKING YOUR SELF LOOK BIG. DO NOT FEED AYou might think this is alarmist, but my friend and I had a bear experience at Strawberry at the Fall 2004 festival. It was unexpected since I have attended 15 or more Strawberries and never given a thought to protecting food from bears. Everything there always seems so safe. But on Friday morning after an overnight rain, I awoke to find our cooler and food carton ravaged. Scary considering that our tent was only 10 feet away.
BEAR. IF THE BEAR GETS YOUR FOOD DO NOT TRY TO TAKE IT AWAY! PUT YOUR FOOD AWAY AT NIGHT. *KEEP /ALL/ FOOD AND SCENTED ITEMS (EVEN GUM!) AWAY FROM YOUR TENT SITE AND OFF OF YOUR PORCH*. *ALL FOOD AND SCENTED ITEMS
SHOULD BE KEPT IN AIRTIGHT CONTAINERS* (IF POSSIBLE) *AND OUT OF SIGHT.* TAKE YOUR GARBAGE OUT OF YOUR CAMP EVERY EVENING TO THE NEAREST GARBAGE DROP-OFF STATION. REPORT ANY BEAR SIGHTINGS TO FESTIVAL SECURITY.
Strawberry doesn't put out many all-caps alerts. I'd advise paying attention to it.