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Staying Safe in Bear Country

Top 3 Reminders for a Safe & Enjoyable Backcountry Experience in Bear Country

Hiking, mountain-biking and camping in bear habitat is an exhilarating way to spend a day, a week or a month. And seeing a bear is far more likely to enhance your wilderness experience than spoil it. Knowing what to do and how to behave when the moment comes will keep you and the bear safe – and your spirits high!

Although there are many things you can do to provide a safe and enjoyable experience, the TOP THREE are:

  1. Store and dispose of bear attractants at your campsite in a bear-proof manner. This includes: food, garbage, recycling, toiletries, cook ware and dirty dish water.
  2. Always, always carry bear spray or another deterrent – and know how to use it.
  3. Be prepared! Learn how and why bears behave and know how to react to an encounter or attack.

Find MANY more tips for staying safe in the backcountry here.