Three college friends thought they would spend the weekend before their finals hiking and taking in nature within one of California’s most popular camping spots when they were surprised to find a bear had taken refuge within their tent.
Picture the scene, it was one of the hottest days of the year and the trio had decided to take a dip in the lake that was located to the north of their camping spot to cool off and enjoy the sun. One of the trio had forgotten their towel back at their camp and decided he would venture back to retrieve it before enjoying the rest of his day.
Before he had even got to the tent he knew what had happened. All of the telltale signs were there, food on the floor, a ripped tent- they had been visited by a bear. This was not uncommon in this area and more often than not, the bears would get what they want and return to the woods. Because of this, the camper did not think twice before entering his tent to inspect the damage. However, to his surprise, the bear had not moved on at all and was instead led down within the tent sleeping.
Though the camper was confused, he quickly figured out why the bear had decided not to move on and that was because of the portable air conditioner that they had set up in their tent. The bear was simply trying to get a little relief on a hot day and had stumbled upon the cool tent before passing out.
The campers laughed about the matter and called for aid from a local ranger to remove the bear. One of the campers commented; “before the trip, I asked myself, what are the best portable air conditioners for camping? Not for one second did I ask, which would be best for local bears to sleep by?”