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    Gates Of The Arctic

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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Food Storage Requirements

Grizzly bear in fall tundra

Grizzly bear in fall tundra.

Allowing a bear to obtain human food or garbage, even once, will cause it to seek out more human food. Eventually, if the bear becomes a threat to human safety, it may be killed. For this reason, it is against the law to feed bears in Gates of the Arctic, either on purpose or by carelessly leaving food or garbage where bears can get to it.

All Alaska National Parks and Preserves require that food and garbage be stored by an approved means. Because in most areas of Gates of the Arctic Park and Preserve there are no trees appropriate for hanging food, Bear Resistant Food Containers are the best and easiest way to meet the requirement for overnight visitors in the Park.

Did You Know?

View of the Gates of the Arctic in summer sunlight.

Bob Marshall named Frigid Crags and Boreal Mountain "The Gates of the Arctic." These mountains are on the North Fork of the Koyukuk River.