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WASHINGTON — One night when I was camping in the woods I went to bed without realizing I hadn’t put away a bag of food hidden under the picnic table. I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of footsteps outside my tent and I quickly zipped open the door, only to find a couple of heavy raccoons were having a nice feast of my bread and buns.
Their keen sense of smell makes them great scavengers, both in the wild and in the city where they dig through trash bins and backyards. The best way to keep these vicious creatures away from your campsite is to make sure there are no scents that would attract them in the first place.
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