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    Gates Of The Arctic

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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?

A land status map showing the federal units that protect the Brooks Range.

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is the central component of the 700 square mile protected Brooks Range. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is to the east, and the Noatak Preserve is to the west.