Be Bear Aware

Hiking in Bear Country Grizzly Bear Sow

Bears do not like surprises

  • Hike during daylight hours and carry bear spray.
  • Make lots of noise – bears will avoid people and leave an area when they know people are present.  Use extra caution when visibility or hearing is limited.
  • Hike in a group.  Recommended at least four people per group in Grizzly country.
  • Watch for bear signs such as fresh tracks, scat, torn apart logs and partially consumed or buried animal carcasses.
  • Never approach a bear.
  • If a bear approaches you, slowly back away and maintain a safe distance.

Camping in Bear Country

  • Always keep a clean camp.
  • Select a campsite way from animal trails, thick brush and bear food sources such as berry patches and fish spawning streams.
  • Store all food, garbage and other scented items such as toothpaste, chapstick, insect repellant in hard-sided vehicle, bear resistant containers or by hanging at least 10 feet of the ground and four feet out from a tree.
  • Do not leave food, beverages or coolers unattended.  In the backcountry set up your sleeping area 300 feet or more from your food storage and cooking/eating areas.
  • Keep sleeping bags and personal gear free of odors. 
  • Never sleep in the same clothes you wore while cooking.