Bears and Backcountry Food Storage
Be Bear Aware
Follow these guidelines to make your hike and camp safer. They are for your protection and for the preservation of the bear, a true sign of wilderness. Careless food storage or intentional feeding spells death for bears. Allowing a bear to obtain human food, even once, often results in aggressive behavior. An aggressive bear is a threat to human safety and must be killed. Do not allow bears or other wildlife to obtain human food. Help keep bears wild and humans safe!
Food Storage Regulations
As of April 2011, regardless of elevation backpackers will be required to use approved bear-resistant canisters except where food storage boxes are provided. On some specific alpine routes where a climber is bivouacing on a high rocky ledge and bears cannot go, park-approved bear canisters may not be required. All food, garbage, toiletries and any odorous item that may attract a bear must be stored in an Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) approved bear-resistant food canister when not in immediate use, day and night. Bear canisters are available for use in the park for free at backcountry permitting locations.
Approved Bear-proof Storage Canisters
The IGBC has approved the following food storage canisters. Grand Teton National Park allows the use of any of these approved canisters. Bears have tested each of these canisters at the USFS Missoula lab and at the Grizzly Discovery Center.
Backpacker Model 812-C
The Bear Keg
Never approach a bear.
Did You Know?
Did you know that pikas harvest grasses so they can survive the long cold winter? These small members of the rabbit family do not hibernate, but instead store their harvest as “haystacks” under rocks in the alpine environment.