Be Bear Aware!

Bear sightings and activity may occur across the Forest. Be aware of bears and follow these safety recommendations.

  • Keep a clean campsite. Store food and garbage out of sight and in closed vehicles.
  • Never put food scraps or litter in the campfire; it attracts bears and skunks.
  • Don't keep food, medicine, chap stick, shampoo - Anything that smells - in tents or sleeping areas
  • Store stoves, barbeques, and dutch ovens in a vehicle or secure place when not using. Do not pour used cooking oil or food remnants on the ground.
  • When camping in the back country hang food and garbage from a tree limb, at least 10 feet from the ground and 5 feet from the tree trunk. This tree should be at least 100 yards from your sleeping area.
  • Some bears also target motor oil, insect repellant, liquor and other things that look like food. Make sure you put these items away.

Remember: Never feed a bear. A fed bear is a dead bear.