Bear Safety Tips

Hiking and

Camping

Avoid bears while hiking and camping

Hiking, walking, camping and fishing in bear country takes special precautions.  While bear attacks are very uncommon and black bears rarely become aggressive when encountered, it’s best to avoid bears by following these simple steps, and to know what to do if an encounter happens.

While hiking or walking

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Hike in groups and stay together
  • Keep kids within sight
  • Keep dogs on a leash or leave them home
  • Make noise in thick cover
  • Carry bear spray

While camping

  • Do not store food in your tent
  • Cook 100 yards from your tent
  • Clean cooking area thoroughly
  • Don’t sleep in clothes you cooked in
  • Store food, trash, lotions, toothpaste, and deodorant in:
    • a hardtop vehicle with windows closed and doors locked
    • a bear-resistant container
    • or suspended in a tree 100 yards from sleeping area

While Fishing

  • Don’t leave fish entrails on shorelines of lakes and streams; sink them in deep water