I agree with the above.
You need to be "bear aware" when on the trail, but not paranoid.
Same for moose which you are just likely to see...and moose, especially cows with calves; they are not to be trifled with, period. I saw a cow with a new calf just down the road from the Many Glacier CG when I was over for the weekend of the 4th.
Her's a 10 second video clip of that lil moose calf. Momma is behind the calf in the bushes.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3L4gsXSSEw
Stay well away from all
of the larger animals with young is the best rule.
This is about as close as you want to be. This was last year. The rangers said there is another
grizz sow with trips this year. Not this one. She was seen just about a mile from the CG off the Swiftcurrent Pass trail http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4seq3W1jI3A
Regarding the campgrounds. The rangers strictly enforce the rules. I had to listen patiently as I was lectured for walking 100 feet to the water spigot, never
out of sight of my camp spot(#115). The ranger just happened to drive by at that moment and noticed my cooler sitting on rock in the campsite(unattended). I said nothing because I was technically in the wrong. Last day I had my cooler in the truck with all
my other gear. I was parked in front of the Swiftcurrent Store putting my boots on, foot ON my bumper... prior to leaving the park. A ranger walked up and asked me what was in my cooler, and I said "Food". And then I explained I was leaving the park, not my truck
He was nice about it.
I tell you that because as much of a nuisance as that may seem, that's how they keep the bears and other animals out of the camping area. You ALWAYS must lock up food and other smelly stuff in your car/truck, or someplace bear proof. They have food lockers but I don't recommend using them...ants. As long as you keep a clean camp and follow the fairly simple rules, you'll have no problems. Rangers patrol at night as well. Very unlikely you'll have troubles in the campground. That said...as soon as you leave the CG on any trail, or even walking the roads, you best be on the lookout. Animals can show up any time anywhere over there.
The smell of my
cookin didn't bring anybody
to my campsite http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4MxZeLHjos
I'll be going over to ManyGlacier this Wednesday for a week. Drop by and chat in the evening if you want. Squeeze, my truck don't talk much, but I'll bend ur ear
The ravens were really on the ball in the CG this year as always. They'll make off with surprising "loads" if you turn your back. They're shy, but very
observant and extremely
clever. Kinda like a flying chipmunk
Yehawwww!! Bring em on!!