Food Storage at Campgrounds and Trailheads
Bears are active April through November every year. Don't attract wildlife, including black bears, to campsites because of improperly stored food. Bears can visit any time of day!
Keep a Clean Camp!
Trailheads: visitors parking overnight in the Wild Basin area and on the Fern Lake Road are required to use food storage lockers for storage of all food items. It is prohibited to leave food items or garbage within a vehicle when parking overnight in these two areas. Food storage lockers are located at the following trailheads
Bears Remembering: When people let bears get into food and garbage, the lure of an easy meal can overcome a bear's natural wariness of people. Once bears learn to follow their super-sensitive noses to your neighborhood, they can damage property and even break into houses and cars! With a nose that's 100 times more sensitive than ours, a bear can literally smell food five miles away. Bears are very smart, and have great memories - once they find food, they come back for more. Black bears are not naturally aggressive, but they are strong, powerful animals. A bear intent on getting a meal can easily injure someone who gets in its way. Every year bears that have become too comfortable around people have to be destroyed.
Did You Know?
In 2004 there were 190 Search and Rescue incidents in the park, a very small number considering there were about 3 million visitors to the park in that same time period.