Re: Bear Bags and Bear Resistant Containers - why are they necessary?
From my experience, some areas do not even allow you to throw a bear bag over a tree. It has to be in a bear canister to protect the scent. Although I don't completely see "eye to eye" with this concept, you are better off safe than sorry. Especially if you want to avoid receiving a fine for not following the guidelines. I'd rather spend the money to rent a bear canister than suffer the monetary consequences of receiving the fine. I still place my canister far away from camp after all the food is put inside it. Hope this helps the emotional side of things!