The kind of interaction described in your article are due to frequent poor practices by previous trekers.
It starts with a couple incidents by careless campers leaving things in a campsite that bears find and clean up. They then exploit this resource for what ever they can get more frequently. Once they learn just how rich a source of food it can be, they become more and more predictable. I carry a 41 magnum for protection, but have never had to pull it. Unfortunatly occasionaly some bears pay the price for the poor habits of people.
One of the worst things commonly done is to 'wash' dishes and dump the water next to a camp site.
Leave nothing behind.
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Posted by: old_user on Jul-30-09 8:50 AM (EST)
They always say "You hurt the one you love." So it is with wilderness and the things that live there. A case can be made for simply not promoting human encroachment in the prime areas where bears live. If one is prompted to carry a firearm out of a need for security, and that concern is multiplied by an ever increasing number of human visitors, then there is bound to be an escalating amount of negative impact on the wilderness and its inhabitants. The fact is that wilderness does not exist for our enjoyment. Where it does exist, it is usually in spite of us and our presence almost never serves to augment its character. When the primary value of wilderness becomes the knowledge that it is there and that knowledge is reinforced by the fact that we are not - we can rest assured that the earth, as a living system, has a slightly greater chance for sustainability.