Bear Safety Tips

VACATION RENTALS & BEARS

Does your rental have bear-resistant garbage containers?

Make sure to inquire if your rental comes complete with bear-resistant garbage management. A bear-resistant rental will help prevent conflicts with bears while ensure your family’s safety while is on vacation.

Have a safe vacation!

  • Enjoy bears from a distance and never approach them.
  • Feeding bears (intentionally or unintentionally) trains them to approach homes and people for more food, and you may be ticketed and fined.
  • Bears may be defensive when people get too close.

A little effort goes a long way for bear safety

Secure Food & Garbage

  • Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward them with easily available food or garbage.
  • Don’t leave garbage and recycling outside of a building overnight.
  • Do not leave food, coolers or garbage unattended on a picnic table or anywhere outdoors – even for a moment!

Normal trash cans, even with the lids on tight, offer little resistance to determined black bears.

Greasy grills smell very tempting to bears and other wildlife. Clean and cover grills after every use.

Clean Your Grill

  • Burn off food particles on your barbeque grill after each use.
  • Clean or remove the grease can. Do not dump drippings in the yard.
  • Cover your barbeque.
  • If bears are active in your area, store the barbecue indoors. Leave the propane tank outside (propane is a fire risk)

KEEP DOORS AND WINDOWS CLOSED

In some vacation destinations, bears have learned to search for food left in vehicles, cabins and condos after guests have left.

  • Keep vehicle doors and windows closed at all times, even when going back inside for just a moment to load or unload.
  • If you leave your residence, shut the doors and windows.

This black bear began his investigations by crawling through an open window.

It’s always best to view bears from a distance…

…rather than too close!

Don’t put your safety or bears at risk!

  • Enjoy bears from a distance and never approach them.
  • Feeding bears (intentionally or unintentionally) trains them to approach homes and people for more food, and you may be ticketed and fined.
  • Bears may be defensive when people get too close.
  • Enjoy bears from a distance and never approach them.
  • Feeding bears (intentionally or unintentionally) trains them to approach homes and people for more food, and you may be ticketed and fined.
  • Bears may be defensive when people get too close.