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How to Protect Your Campsite from Wildlife

a sign with yogi bear on it titled "how to protect your campsite from wildlife"Our park rangers at YOGI BEAR'S JELLYSTONE PARK™ in Robert, Louisiana work hard to make sure our campground is safe for both humans and wildlife who visit. It's important that we all do our part to deter wildlife from setting up camp in our park. Here are a few simple ways to prevent wildlife from entering your campsite.

Trash pick up and disposal

This is one of the easiest ways to deter wildlife from visiting your campsite. Animals are especially

attracted to the smell of food, so it's important that you seal up all your trash in heavy-duty, odor-proof trash bags and dispose it in the dumpsters at the front of the park regularly. Don't leave trash sitting out at night. Instead, clean up your campsite before bed and keep trash sealed and locked away in your car or RV until the morning.

Food preparation and storage

How you store and handle the food at your campsite is extremely important to ensure unwanted wildlife won't visit. Once an animal finds food it will continue to look for more, which leads to a trashed campsite and unwanted visitors. The best way to prevent this is to keep all food in sealed and locked containers, especially overnight. If you plan on keeping a cooler out at your campsite, make sure it's sealed and locked. That way, animals can't nuzzle their noses into the container and open up the cooler. Your car or RV acts as a great storage place for food during your stay, and don't store food in tents or backpacks. Remember to clean up crumbs, messes, and spills after every meal. Animals can smell any food scraps, so even crumbs on a picnic table could be enough to attract wildlife to your campsite. Also, wash dishes and cooking utensils after each use.

Deter wildlife

You can deter wildlife from visiting your campsite in a number of natural and man-made ways. here are a few natural wildlife deterrents:

Dryer sheets

Animals aren't fond of overly fragrant smells, so dryer sheets are an easy wildlife deterrent. Place the sheets in areas you don't want animals to get into like inside your tent, around food preparation areas, and stuffed into backpacks.

Light and sound

Do you remember learning that wildlife is more afraid of you than you are of them? It's true! Make your presence known by lighting up your campsite, making a fire, talking and singing, and keeping a flashlight handy to scare off nocturnal animals.

Natural deterrents

There are a number of ways to use natural materials to deter wildlife as well. Bring old coffee grounds from your home and sprinkle them around your campsite to deter bugs. Insects also don't like the smell of garlic or lavender. In addition, garlic, vinegar, ammonia, and even cayenne pepper naturally deter animals like raccoons from visiting your campsite.

Other considerations

If possible, set up camp at least 200 feet away from where food will be prepared and the same distance away from a highly wooded area. This makes it less likely that an animal searching for food will make it over to where you're sleeping. Also, food stains on clothing and towels can attract animals. Treat dirty laundry like food and make sure it's stored and sealed away overnight. It's important to make sure your camping equipment is in good repair as well. Coolers with leaks and tents or backpacks with holes in them are simply inviting animals, rodents, and insects to get into your stuff.

Visit Jellystone Park in Robert, Louisiana

We can all do our part to make sure our Louisiana campground is a great place to visit for years to come. By following a few simple guidelines, we can all help deter wildlife from setting up camp in the park. Ready to book your stay? You can reserve a campsite online now! We can't wait to have you join us.

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