Bear Safety

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.
 

Reducing Your Risk of a Bear Encounter

See a bear before you surprise it. Read More

 

Reacting to a Bear Encounter

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

 

Bear Spray

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

 

Understanding the Bear's Mindset

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

 

Tips for Watching Roadside Bears Safely

If people stop to view or photograph bears along park roads, it is important to behave appropriately so they don't put themselves or the bears at risk. Read More

 

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