What is the best way to map a bear hang in a backcountry campground?

I would like to mark a bear hang in a backcountry campground on a map but do not see a relevant category. Is there a recommended way to do this? It an arch structure with wires/pulleys that let you attach your food and hoist it up to store for the night to protect your food and the bears. Some other campgrounds utilise storage lockers.

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Hi and welcome to OSM

I searched for “bear” in our Wiki and found Tag:amenity=bear_box - OpenStreetMap Wiki . In Alaska they called them “bear pole” which lead me to this Wikipedia article: Bear cache - Wikipedia

Maybe we should expand our Wiki regarding structures to protect food from animals on camp sites,

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I normally use JOSM to edit OSM-data but I assume iD provides only a set of common tags as a preset. In OSM you can invent your own tag but that won’t help for data consumer to include those in their products (e.g. maps etc.).

There already is a tag describing some kind of food protection facility. Either you stick with that (even if it’s a hang not a box) or you expand the OSM-Wikipage to cover also protecting devices like poles or hangs.
It might be useful to start a general discussion here or on one of the mailing lists to hear other opinions how to tag bear_hang(s). :wink:

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