As @ParochialNimrod aptly described, anything with a scent can attract bears. Any new or interesting scent is game for the bear to investigate. Bears are awesomely curious and intelligent with an incredible sense of smell. When you go to bed in your tent, there should never be anything scented in there with you, good or bad. It's a short list of what can be in your tent with you and a lo-o-o-ong list of what should not.I know this is old, but just wanted to say that I had a black bear get my pack one time and he scarfed down the insect repellent, which had DEET in it. He also loved toothpaste and deoderant.
That's a really good way of looking at it.I think sometimes people will think that you only need to put things that have a food or other tasty smell in the bear can, but I've always been told to essentially put anything with a scent in the can because its not just food scents that attract animals but any scent that is out of the ordinary for their environment... so hence I try to put everything from food to sunscreen to lip balm in there. Though more than once I did forget the bug spray.
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