Wildlife scientists note that there is an average of one bear attack in the park each year. In 2011, in separate incidents, two visitors were killed by bears inside the park. Your safety cannot be guaranteed.
Safe traveling in bear country begins before you hit the trail:
- When you arrive at the park, check with the nearest backcountry office or visitor center for recent bear activity before hiking.
- Know what areas are closed for bear management.
- Before you set out, be sure to learn what to do if you unexpectedly encounter a bear.
- When hiking be alert for bears, watch for fresh tracks, or scat.
- Report all bear encounters and wildlife incidents to a park ranger immediately.
- Please watch our videos and read the information below to help you travel safely in bear country.