Be Bear Aware!

Florida black bear grabs garbage canIn order to protect the Florida black bear and other wildlife species, and to promote safe camping in bear country, the Forest Service implemented a Food Storage Order requiring proper storage and disposal procedures for food, garbage and other attractants. As outlined in the order, these items must be stored in approved bear-resistant containers, hard-topped vehicles or in “food hangs” when not in use.

Attractants include anything having an odor that may attract bears, such as food, beverages, cooking grease, toothpaste, toiletries, soap, game meat, pet food, livestock feed and garbage. Ways to store food properly:

  • Store all attractants inside an approved bear-resistant container.

  • Keep your food inside a hard-topped vehicle.

  • Hang all attractants at least 10 feet above ground and 4 feet from any vertical support.

  • Discard all attractants in provided bear-resistant trash receptacles.

  • DO NOT burn or bury any attractants and take out what you bring in.