I was hoping to be out for 2 nights on the Momyer trail in the San Gorgonio mountains in southern California but I had and an Ursack failure as a bear shredded the interior contents all my food destroyed!!
I woke last Saturday morning at 6 AM with my dogs barking , as a pop my head of the hammock I saw a big brown bear running down the gorge where I stored my Ursack to a tree.
I had just gotten the Ursack the week before and was excited to use it. Studied how to tie the knots, excited about this instead of the bear vault!
After the bear cleared I was anxious to see if he had found the tree where I tied up the bag. Ohhh yes he found it. The bag was still tie in place the knots held. Happy about that.
Unfortunately the bear had no problem getting his teeth through the bullet proof layer and shredded everything inside..
I would've expected things to be crushed but the bear had no problem getting his teeth through the bag and truly shredding all contents. Be mindful I would still hang the bear sack as opposed to just tie it to the tree.
I had several emails to Thomas Cohen the founder of Ursack, his view the bag did not fail, but by his own definition having holes larger than a quarter of an inch it did. The bear certainly got flavor of the food and the peanut butter that was inside and was positive rewarded in my opinion. Thomas disagreed and stated that there was no research that linked getting flavor of food as a positive reward. Thomas still claimed that there have never been any failures of the bag but in my first outing a bear had no problem penetrating the bag with his teeth, destroying and puncturing all of the food inside and worst of all getting a positive reward.
Very disappointed in the bag as well as the response from the company because at the end of the day we don't want to give a positive reward to a bear.
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