Please read over our Pet Guidelines at http://www.tophillcabins.com/pet-friendly-guidelines/ if you are entertaining the thought of bringing your pet with you to our cabins.
Marley, at left, is a wonderful Golden Labrador Retriever that belongs to our son.
Some tips on Camping, Staying in a Cabin and/or Hiking in Pennsylvania’s Bear Country
While black bear are usually shy and avoid contact with humans, it’s important to remember that bears are Pennsylvania’s largest predator. Bears must be respected for their size and strength. Do not deliberately approach a bear or try to become chummy with one that’s coming to an established feeding site. Be smart and keep a distance away from the bear.
You, as the camper or hiker, are responsible for doing all you can to prevent conflicts with bears. Giving a bear food may serve as encouragement for that bear to approach someone else looking for more food. If the person doesn’t give the bear food, it could possibly lead to an unpleasant experience. Do not reward a bear for associating with people.
Here are some steps you can take while camping or hiking in Pennsylvania:
- Wipe tables and clean eating utensils thoroughly after every meal. Burn all grease off grills and camp stoves. Keep your tent, camper and sleeping bag free of all food smells.
- Store your food in safe or bear-proof places. Place foods and coolers in your car trunk or suspend them from a tree branch. Never leave food in your tent.
- Dispose of garbage properly. Use the camp garbage receptacles or store trash in your vehicle. Take your garbage with you if there are no containers for it. Never leave your garbage behind.
- At dawn or dusk, your chances increase significantly of meeting a bear or other wildlife. If your hearing or visibility is impaired by, for example, the roar of fast-moving water or thick vegetation, then you can reduce your chances of surprising a bear by talking or making noise.
- Leave your dogs at home or keep them leashed.
This information was adapted from www.cookforest.com and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.