Bears and Your Safety
The park is home to hundreds of black bears. These bears are smaller than brown bears seen in the West, and they are generally peaceful, but they are still wild animals and can seriously maul and injure people.
If you see a cub, be aware that its mother is probably nearby. Leave the cub alone. Do not approach or annoy any bear, especially a mother or cub. Keep your pet leashed and away from bears.
Don't Kill a Bear
If you feed a bear, or leave food around for the bear to find, you "teach" the bear to approach people. Bears that approach people can be easily hit by cars or shot by poachers. Problem bears, ones that annoy or threaten people, must be trapped and removed from the park, or even destroyed.
People feeding bears are also a serious safety problem. If you feed a bear, you can be fined up to $5,000 and jailed for up to 6 months.
Don't leave food at a campsite or picnic site; store food in the trunk of a car, if possible.
Clean up all food scraps from your site; don't leave garbage around over-filled garbage cans.
Never feed a bear.
Did You Know?
... that the reservoir of the proposed Tocks Island Dam would have inundated 30 miles of the Delaware River and 30,000 acres of its river valley (now part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.) The defeat of the dam was an early victory of the environmental movement in this country. More...