Bear Safety in Katmai
Brown bears add an intimidating and exciting element to the Katmai landscape. More bears (approximately 2,200) inhabit Katmai than probably any other national park in world. Expect to encounter bears during your visit.
Become familiar with the suggestions, guidelines, and regulations in the links below, but remember that safe traveling in bear country begins before you arrive. Learning about bears before your visit can help you have a safer and more enjoyable experience. Your help and cooperation is necessary to protect the Katmai experience, Katmai’s bears, and everyone’s safety at this amazing place.
Did You Know?
In 1918, the scarcity of beef caused many Alaskans to call for the repeal of all legal protection for bears. Katmai park promoters were cautioned,"the word bear should never be mentioned in connection with establishing a National Monument." Ironically, today visitors flock here to view bears.