Bear Safety in Katmai
NPS Photo by Tamara Olson
The following guidelines will help you travel safely in bear country:
Avoid Close Encounters
Do Not Approach
Photo courtesy of Sharon Kim
If a Bear Makes Contact with You...
Fishing Around Bears
A bear that has learned that humans are a good source of food may become dangerous to people in the park and in local communities outside the park. In most cases such bears must eventually be destroyed. You can prevent this by being aware of how to behave to protect yourself and the bears.
Camping Around Bears
If you are camping in the backcountry, however, you may want to consider bringing an electric fence. Electric fences have been adapted for use in bear country and have been effective at minimizing intrusions into campsites. Typically, park staff in the field choose to use electric fences. Visitors planning to use electric fences must bring their own equipment; the park does not provide electric fencing material. Click here for more information on electric fences at the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.
Did You Know?
The world's largest run of Sockeye salmon occurs in Bristol Bay, Alaska each summer. Part of those salmon move into Katmai National Park using the Naknek drainage and end up at Brooks Camp. This is why so many bears gather in July on the Brooks River Falls.