Be Bear Aware
Food Storage Order
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest has a mandatory forest-wide Food Storage Order. Bears that are rewarded by food and other attractants can become problem bears. Our goal is to keep YOU and the bears safe during your visit to our forest. Please review the map under the Food Storage Order link.
Food Storage Requirements
2014 Forest Food Storage Order
Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) - List of certified containers
Many of our developed campgrounds have bear resistant storage containers available.
Bear Resistant Products - Loaner Program
Borrow Bear-Resistant containers for FREE from any Beaverhead-Deerlodge district office while you camp on the forest. Contact the district offices for availability and to reserve an item.
Items available through the loaner program:
- Bear-resistant Coolers
- Bear-resistant Horse Panniers
- Bear-resistant Backbacker's Barrels (for backpacking)
- UrSack Bear-resistant bags (for backpacking)
Packing a Bear-Resistant Food Canister
Be Bear Aware Educational Program
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest's Be Bear Aware program has been active since 2007 and provides presentations to schools and public audiences, fair booths, and information across the forest itself. Be Bear Aware programs can be requested by calling our offices in Ennis (406)682-4253 or Philipsburg (406)859-3211.
More Information about Bears
Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Bear ID Quiz
Bear Spray Information
Recycle your expired, used, or empty bear spray containers at any district office!