Be Bear Aware


Be Aware Trailer and Educational Display

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 of these items.

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 Butte (406) 494- 2147 or Ennis (406) 682-4253.


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!