Because of the bears all cooking in Alaska had to be done at least 30 meters from the tent, no food could be stored any closer to the tent and no food could be consumed in the tent.
Also bear spray had to be carried along at all times and when walking alone one was adviced to chant or sing “Hey bear! Hey bear!” to announce one’s precence.
I am not quite sure how interested bears would’ve been in our vegan meatballs, but I take that any self-respecting bear opts for a plant-based alternative in these climate-conscious days.
So we stayed bear aware at all times.