On another forum I read about someone's sleepless experience with a black bear. Apparently, it smelled something in his campsite that it liked and hung around the tent from nightfall until around 4 a.m. At first the hiker dealt with it by running outside, yelling, and clapping his shoes together, but later he just cowered in his sleeping bag, hoping it would go away if he kept quiet.
What do people think would be the best action to take, aside from preventative campsite cleanliness? One forum user with a similar experience said they tried bear spray, but accidentally sprayed themselves within their tent. Another said that building a fire was the way to go. Personally, I think I'd want to keep watch outside with a gun. It would be a crummy way of spending a night, but I can't think of a better way of protecting loved ones when something big with teeth is prowling around the campiste.
This scenario has me thinking that my dinky little LED flashlight wouldn't quite cut it. I've never thought of installing a "tactical" light on a gun before, but now I can see how it would be useful. I wonder if bright chemical lightsticks would be practical, too; they seem like an easy way to make a campsite visible.