Originally Posted by lmyers
I have a permit for September 10th. Wondering if the bears will still be loading up on berries for the hibernation, or will have already moved on by that point? Planning to bring bear spray and air horns regardless...had a friend attacked a few years back though so I am a little concerned. Thanks.
Can't think of any native berries that would still be going crazy that late but maybe someone else will more localized experience will know better. I doubt they are hibernating that early as the nighttime temps are still rather moderate; I would expect they enter their unique form of hibernation in that region sometime in mid to late October (I still saw a bear at low elevation in the High Uintas last October while thru-hiking the high line trail at 10k-ish).
My guess is you won't have many negative encounters with bears unless they get fed this summer. Thus far there are no reports of that happening but that could be incomplete and there is still some summer left. I would keep an eye here and then call the Price district and ask about recent reports as time launch approaches. From what I understand the bears that have been reported to interact with humans in Deso were either previously fed by careless campers or attracted to food or scented items in the tents (rumor is the OB trip attack years ago was from a guy who had food product in his dreads).
I am a little less concerned about bears but totally understand going prepared differently considered the experience of your friend. I hope its nothing but a pleasant float. Would love to hear a TR when you get back as we are going as a one boat anniversary trip in October and we have never been in the autumn.