Bear Safety

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The Bear Facts

The Shoshone National Forest is home to both grizzy and black bears. Please educate yourself about bears and the special precautions necessary when recreating in bear country.

Properly Storing Attractants in Bear Country offers guidance for safe camping and hiking in the front country and the back country (PDF 88k)

Methods to Hang Food is an illustrated document that describes how to keep attractants away from bears (PDF 180k)

Shoshone National Forest Special Order for food storage

A Special Order that requires all food and other attractants to be stored unavailable to bears on the Shoshone (lands north of the Wind River Indian Reservation) and the Bridger-Teton National Forests is currently in effect. All food and attractants, pop, beer, canned goods, toothpaste, lip balm, game meat, garbage, dog food, livestock feed, etc. need to be suspended at least 10 feet high and 4 feet from a post or tree or stored inside a vehicle, bear-resistant container, or hard-sided trailer. Please contact the nearest ranger district office for more information.

Special order 04-00-104 (PDF 78k)

Exhibit A and Exhibit B (definitions and map showing where the order applies) (PDF 249k)

Links to other sources of information about bears

Bear identification information from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Hunting in Bear Country from the Center for Wildlife Information

Useful information about bear spray, including an informational video, from the Center for Wildlife Information

How to avoid and handle predatory confrontations with bears and cougars offers general safety tips from the Center for Wildlife Information

Wyoming Game and Fish Department grizzly bear management

Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team the latest monitoring, study team reports, and population trends for grizzly bears

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for information about grizzly bear recovery

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and its local subcommittees