• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

Bear Canisters

Backpacker with bear can

A hiker packs his bear canister in the Olympic high country.

Approved Bear Canisters
How to Pack a Bear Canister

Please do your part to protect yourself, park wildlife and other visitors by properly securing your food.

In many areas, a bear canister is the only good way of securing food.

Bear canisters are required in some areas of the park's wilderness backcountry.

Many people, after using a bear canister for the first time, never go back to hanging food because of the convenience and other benefits of using bear canisters.

 

List of Approved Bear Canisters

These canisters have been approved by the Sierra Interagency Black Bear Group based on testing and success or failure in the field. Last updated May 12, 2009. See below for information regarding Ursacks.

Approved Canisters
Full approval is given to any container that has passed visual inspection, an impact test, a zoo test and has been successful during three months of field-trials in the summer.

Approved Panniers

  • DeCarteret Aluminum Stock Panniers
  • Berner Bear Box
    303/343-1998
  • Bear Aware Panniers
    www.bear-aware.com

Conditionally Approved Canisters
Conditional approval is given to any container that has passed visual inspection, an impact test and a zoo test. Conditionally approved containers are approved for use.

Conditionally Approved Panniers

Steel salvage drums with a security lid may be used until panniers are purchased.

Either type of approval may be revoked due to unexpected problems in the field that lead to either failures, injuries, or resource damage.

Ursacks
Ursacks have not been approved for use in Olympic National Park as a bear canisters replacement even though they were approved July 31st, 2014 for Grizzly Bears by the IGBC. They make a great addition to standard food hanging practices but Spectra and Kevlar have not yet been shown to be entirely effective as a standalone food storage method against animals like raccoons.




 

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