Bear Safety

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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 2011 and 2015, in separate incidents, three 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, 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.
  • 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!
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Reduce Your Risk

Review best practices for hiking safely in bear country.

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

How to React

Your reaction should depend on the circumstances.

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Bear Spray

Learn more about this highly effective bear deterrent.

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The Bear's Mindset

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

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Roadside Bears

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

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Wildlife Safety Videos

A series of videos intended to demonstrate the dangers posted by wild animals like bears, bison, and elk.


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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168


(307) 344-7381

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