How to Avoid Grizzly Bears

While seeing a bear is a memorable experience, your safety and the survival of bears depends on you keeping your distance! Before you head into bear country, take time to learn about bears and how best to avoid them.

Before you go: Check with the local forest, park, or game and fish department office to get the most recent report on bear activity in the area. Be sure you know about any special food storage regulations.

Pack smart: Avoid bringing odorous foods, like bacon or tuna, or scented toiletries. Dry, sealed foods are lighter and less aromatic. Bring 100 feet of rope, storage bags, and carabiners for hanging food.

IGBC Certified Bear-Resistant Products List

How to Pack a Bear-Resistant Food Container

With forethought and planning, it’s amazing how much food you can fit into a canister. If you choose the right foods and repackage them, you can maximize canister space. It takes a little effort and time but the results are rewarding.

The benefits of using a canister

  • Less stress, increased peace of mind
  • More time at camp to relax instead of thinking of ways to store food
  • Guaranteed food supply if bears or other animals visit your camp
  • No aborted trips because bears ate your food
  • Freedom to camp anywhere: above treeline or away from food storage lockers
  • No need to search for the right tree or carry ropes and food sacs for counter-balancing
  • More time at camp to relax instead of thinking of ways to store food
  • A small table to use, something to sit on
  • Increased safety for you and protection of wild animals

Remember, when you are using a canister ALL scented items – food, toiletries and garbage – must fit inside the canister throughout your entire trip.

Websites with Grizzly Bear Safety Tips

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