I think the honey story has been around for years, probably a backcountry legend.
A friend runs commercial trips down Deso. 4 (?) years ago one of his clients was bitten while in his sleeping bag. He chased it away with some homemade M-80s another friend had given to him (effective, not recommended). He had bears on his rafts trying to get in the coolers, in the kitchen, etc. He said most of the incidents have been at river right camps, where most folks stay.
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