Bears and Backcountry Food Storage

Be Bear Aware

Follow these guidelines to make your hike and camp safer. They are for your protection and for the preservation of the bear, a true sign of wilderness. Careless food storage or intentional feeding spells death for bears. Allowing a bear to obtain human food, even once, often results in aggressive behavior. An aggressive bear is a threat to human safety and must be killed. Do not allow bears or other wildlife to obtain human food. Help keep bears wild and humans safe!

Food Storage Regulations

As of April 2011, regardless of elevation backpackers will be required to use approved bear-resistant canisters except where food storage boxes are provided. On some specific alpine routes where a climber is bivouacing on a high rocky ledge and bears cannot go, park-approved bear canisters may not be required. All food, garbage, toiletries and any odorous item that may attract a bear must be stored in an Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) approved bear-resistant food canister when not in immediate use, day and night. Bear canisters are available for use in the park for free at backcountry permitting locations.

Approved Bear-resistant Storage Canisters

Grand Teton National Park allows the use of bear-resistant canisters approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC). Bears have tested these canisters at the USFS Missoula lab and at the Grizzly Discovery Center. Please refer to the IGBC list for current products.

How to Use a Bear-Resistant Food Canister>>

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Never approach a bear.
Never feed a bear.
Stay 100 yards (1 football field) from bears at all times.

Last updated: December 8, 2016

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