Originally posted by Board-O:
Yeah, Seaquam, we're familiar with bears, mostly from travels in your country and Alaska. Years ago, in the Algonquin Provincial Park, we left our metal cooler out on the table overnight. The next morning, I followed the trail into the woods. The bear didn't get it open, but he chewed and clawed it a bit and everything inside was broke. In Yellowstone and Grand Teton, we may have a few picnics, but the small cooler will stay in the trunk.
About 3 years ago, my sister-in-law and her kids hiked in Yellowstone, and when they returned to their car, a bear had actually clawed and BITTEN (you could see the teeth indentations!) the rear corner of her car. It must have smelled the bit of food they had left in the trunk.
It's quite amazing how fearless they seem to be in a protected environment. I'm sure I don't have to advise you to be careful, but be careful anyway.