A: Bears are attracted to any high-carb, high-fat food, especially in the fall when they're trying to put on weight for hibernation. You need something reasonably cheap and abundant, so you can replenish bait piles frequently. Most professional bear guides make friends with bakery and restaurant owners, offering to cart away their leftover doughnuts and french-fry grease. Any sort of animal or fish will help. In the spring bears seem particularly attracted to skinned beaver carcasses, available from local trappers, but you probably won't be able to come up with many in early fall.