Most all bad encounters come back to food habituation caused by someone who preceeded you, and end badly for the bear. A friend and I went to YNP last year and camped at site #3 on the second meadow of Slough creek for a couple of nights. On day 2 a ranger comes by to check things out. We were keeping a very clean camp but like the accountant who has to find something in every audit, or he's not doing his job, he proceeds to dress us down for the dime-sized sliver of orange peel in the fire ring. "It's HIGHLY aromatic, and an attractant!" We apologize and pull out the orange peel. He then sits down on a stump to give us a couple of bear horror stories. "Shot one right where you're standin'..." Apparently some guys had used a pack team to bring in steaks, beer, and who knows what else. The aroma got the attention of a habituated bear and it ran them out of camp, all the way to the Roosevelt ranger station where they showed up at 2am to tell their story. Ranger goes back the next day, sets out a dozen Krispy Kremes, and shoots the returning bear. The whole thing was long on scary and short on details so I pulled the report and found it was a 120lb female black bear, not a 700lb grizz. Regardless, still one of the last places where I would choose to have a BBQ. The main reason we ended up on Slough Cr. was due to bears... Last year I was lucky enough to pull a float permit for the Smith RIver. 2 days before our scheduled launch, the MT FWP called to say that they planned to close the river corridor due to bear activity and the permit was pulled. http://missoulian.com/news/state-an...cle_5199399c-e5ac-11e2-9ed0-0019bb2963f4.html I noticed some sloppy camps and saw a bear near camp when we were there in 2011 so this was not a big surprise. The FWP ended up shooting a bunch of the habituated bears during the closure. Unfortunate situation all around.