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Where to Hike if You Want to Avoid Bears

A couple of months ago, I visited Glacier National Park, planning to explore its turquoise lakes and dense forests. But if you asked my friend Andrew, I was there to get mauled by a bear.

“It’s just like in The Revenant,” he laughed to me afterward. I asked what he meant.

“There are bears there. And they attack people!”

My friend’s doom-and-gloom perspective on hiking in bear country is out of touch with reality—bear attacks are very rare, even in bruin-dense areas—but I get where he’s coming from. In San Diego, where I live, most of the bears we encounter are those Smokey cutouts that indicate the local fire danger levels that day. That’s not to say that there aren’t bears in Southern California, but we just don’t see them nearly as frequently as we see coyotes, rattlesnakes, or seasonal wildfires. Read more…

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