Bear Safety

Bear spray poster with Jeff Bridges
Help us spread the word about the importance of carrying bear spray!

There is an average of one bear attack per year in Yellowstone. In separate incidents n 2011 and 2015, three people 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, find out about recent bear activity at a visitor center or backcountry office.
  • Know what areas are closed for bear management.
  • Before you set out, be sure to learn what to do if you encounter a bear.
  • Learn how to reduce your risk of encountering a bear.
  • Read best practices for camping in bear country.
  • 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.
  • Download and share posters from our "A Bear Doesn't Care" campaign!
Campers preparing dinner in the Tower Campground

Camping in Bear Country

Tips to keep bears and people safe.

Photo of hikers with bear spay

Hiking in Bear Country

Best practices for safely exploring the park.

Photo of ranger deploying bear spray.

Bear Spray

Read about this highly effective bear deterrent.

Photo of a grizzly bear and cub on a boardwalk at Old Faithful

How to React

Your reaction should depend on the circumstances.

Photo of a grizzly bear on a carcass

The Bear's Mindset

Understanding bear behavior will help you decide how to react when you encounter one.

Photo of a person watching a grizzly bear from a vehicle

Roadside Bears

Learn how to protect yourself and keep bears wild while watching them from the road.


Last updated: July 25, 2017

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