• An aerial view of Old Faithful erupting taken from Observation Point with the Old Faithful Inn to the side.

    Yellowstone

    National Park ID,MT,WY

Bear Safety

Safe traveling in bear country begins before you hit the trail. Learning about bears before you come to the park can help you avoid a confrontation. Read about bear spray and what to do if you encounter a bear. When you arrive at the park, check at the nearest backcountry office or visitor center. Please watch our videos and read the information below to help you travel safely in bear country.

A grizzly bear stands on it's hind legs to look over the sage brush.

Reducing Your Risk of a Bear Encounter

See a bear before you surprise it. Read More

A grizzly bear walks across some snow in a melting meadow.

Reacting to a Bear Encounter

How you react to a bear encounter depends on the situation. Read More

A National Park Service employee standing in an unoccupied field sends a cloud of spray out from his bear spray.

Bear Spray

Learn how to use, when not to use, what type to choose, and where to store. Read More

A large grizzly bear stands protectively over a carcass.

Understanding the Bear's Mindset

Base your reaction to an encounter with a bear on the bear's behavior and the cause. Read More

Did You Know?

Lake Trout Illustration

Lake trout are an invasive species of fish that is decimating the native cutthroat trout population in Yellowstone Lake.