Bears in the Backcountry
In order for the bear population to thrive, and to keep humans safe, it is vital that visitors do their part to prevent negative encounters between bears and humans.
Bears that eat human food easily become dependent on it. Once bears begin associating humans with food, they seek out humans and their food and become aggressive. Because of the danger represented by an aggressive bear in the park, it may have to be killed. By following the regulations, you can help protect the remarkable Big Bend bears.
Visiting Bear Country
In the Chisos Lodge, cabins, or motel accommodations:
In the Chisos backcountry:
In backcountry roadside campsites and other campgrounds:
Never feed a bear or let a bear get any of your food. Keep the Bears of Big Bend wild and safe!
If You See A Bear
Did You Know?
A reporter who accompanied a 1916 military expedition into Big Bend region of Texas described the area in the following terms, "The country isn't bad. It's just worse. Worse the moment you set foot from the train, and then, after that, just worser and worser." More...