All of Yellowstone is bear habitat—from the deepest backcountry to the boardwalks around Old Faithful. Prepare for bear encounters no matter where you go.
Your safety cannot be guaranteed, but you can play an active role in protecting yourself and the bears people come here to enjoy.
There is an average of one bear attack per year in Yellowstone. In separate incidents in 2011 and 2015, three people were killed by bears inside the park. More people have died by drowning or suffering thermal burns from hot springs than aggressive bears.
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Wonders abound in Yellowstone, though many come with an unfamiliar danger. Learn how to adventure through Yellowstone safely.
Camp in Bear Country
Tips to keep bears and people safe.
Hike in Bear Country
Best practices for safely exploring the park.
Learn about this highly effective bear deterrent.
How you react to a bear encounter depends on the circumstances.
Bear Management Areas
Restrictions to reduce encounters between humans and bears.
Watch Roadside Bears
Learn how to protect yourself and keep bears wild when watching them along the road.
Black bears are commonly seen in Yellowstone.
Learn about the biology of this top predator.
Safety tips to avoid danger and have a great trip.
Bring binoculars or a spotting scope and enjoy watching animals from a safe distance.
Best practices for exploring the backcountry.
Last updated: May 25, 2021