Chapter 5: Animal Safety and Behavior

Denali National Park & Preserve


Seeing a wild animal in the backcountry can be an incredible experience. But knowing how to behave in an encounter scenario might make all the difference ... “You need to be aware, you don’t want to get too close. But you shouldn’t be afraid to go hiking here.” Key concepts: • Make noise in areas of low visibility • Stay 300 yards away from any bear • Stay at least 25 yards from a moose • If a wild animal changes its behavior because of you, you’re too close. Learn more about wildlife safety