Be Bear Aware/Bear Safety Tips

Release Date: Jun 13, 2013  

Contact(s): Kathy Jo Pollock


BEAR SAFETY TIPS

Salt Lake City, Utah, June 13, 2013 – The summer season means trips to the mountains where families can enjoy fishing, hiking, picnicking and camping in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.  Summer time also means that bears are on the move.  There have been recent sightings of black bears along the Wasatch Front. 

For the safety of the public and bears, the Forest Service is encouraging campers and visitors to practice Bear Aware safety while visiting the forest.  Thus, there are simple things you can do to avoid an encounter with a black bear.

  • Keep a clean camp.  Keep food scraps and trash out of your campsite. 
  • Keep your dishes and cooking equipment clean.
  • Cook and store your food away from your sleeping area.
  • Do not eat in your tent.
  • Deposit garbage in a bear-resistant refuse container and always pack out what you pack in.
  • When you are hiking or walking in the woods, travel in a group when possible.   Make noises, especially in heavy vegetation and along streams.  If a black bear hears you coming, it will try to stay out of your way.
  • If you encounter a bear, do not run. Make loud noises or hit two rocks together repeatedly, and if it does not run off, walk slowly backwards facing the bear, but avoiding eye contact.  Never turn your back on a bear.
  • Keep in mind that bears tend to be more active at dawn and dusk so plan your hikes accordingly.
  • Stay on marked trails and obey the regulations of the area you're camping/hiking in.
  • Make sure that your pet’s food is properly stored.
  • Mother bears are fierce protectors of their young.  If you see cubs, stay well away from the family group.
  • NEVER feed a bear - yes, they are cute, but they'll want more than you have and will follow you to get it.

By taking these few precautions you can have a safe and enjoyable experience on your National Forest.

 

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