Outdoor Safety & Ethics

Food Storage Order

A food storage order signed in 2011 requires food storage practice across the Forest to reduce the potential for human-wildlife encounters.

Food, carcasses, and attractants must be stored in a bear-resistant container or stored in a bear-resistant manner if they are unattended. Please see the Kootenai food storage order and map.

You may also use the Food Storage Regulation Interactive Map, now available on the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) website: http://igbconline.org/food-storage-regulations-2/

Approved Storage:

A bear resistant container that has been approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. Please see their website at http://www.igbconline.org/certified-products-list/. Most bear-resistant containers sold in local outdoor retail stores meet these requirements.

Stored in a bear resistant manner means hung 10 feet off the ground and four feet horizontally from a tree or other structure; stored in a hard-sided camper; vehicle trunk, or cab or trailer cab: in a hard-sided building, or stored using an electric fence.

Wildlife Carcasses:

Carcasses that are within a half-mile of any camp or sleeping area must be stored in an approved bear-proof manner during nighttime hours. If a carcass is within an attended camp during daylight hours it may be on the ground.

Burning Attractants:

Attractants are things like leftover food, bacon grease, etc. They cannot be buried, burned in an open campfire, or left behind in camp. All attractants must be stored in a sealed container and packed out with garbage – or placed in a container and burned so that the contents do not leach into the ground.

 

Store your food and attractants, livestock food and garbage in a bear-resistant manner or use a bear-resistant container

                       Illustration of food hanging from a branch                                                                                          Illustration of food storage containers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attractants such as leftover food, bacon grease, etc.
 

Any harvested animal carcasses, including fish, birds, or other animal parts that are within a half-mile of any camping or sleeping area must be stored. If an animal carcass is within an attended camp during daylight hours it may be on the ground.

Additional resources on bear-resistant containers:



https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/kootenai/learning/safety-ethics