• Moose cow and calf

    Grand Teton

    National Park Wyoming

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
Garcia Machine
14097 Ave. 272
Visalia, CA 93292
Phone: (559) 732-3785
Website: http://www.backpackerscache.com/

BearVault BV350, BV400
Website: http://www.bearvault.com
Phone: (866) 301-3442

The Bear Keg
Counter Assault
120 Industry Court
Kalispell, MT 59901-7991
Phone: (406) 257-4740 or (800) 695-3394
FAX: (406) 257-6674
Website: http://www.counterassault.com/


The Bare Boxer Contender
Golf City Products
9614 Cozycroft Ave. Suite D
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Website: http://www.bareboxer.com/

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Never approach a bear.
Never feed a bear.
Stay 100 yards (1 football field) from bears at all times.

Did You Know?

Pika with a mouth full of grass

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.