September is Bear Aware Month

Photo courtesy of Fish Wildlife & Parks

Recreating In Bear Country

Being outdoors means being with wildlife. Here’s some simple advice for staying safe while exploring the outdoors and in bear country.

RECREATING – Safely exploring the outdoors

  • Carry bear spray in an accessible place and know how to use it.
  • Stay alert and look for bear activity, especially where visibility or hearing is limited (woods, bushy areas, streams)
  • Travel in a group and keep members together (especially kids).
  • Make noise whenever possible to avoid surprising a bear, especially where visibility or hearing is limited.
  • Avoid traveling at night, dawn or dusk.
  • Avoid carcass sites and scavenger concentrations.

CAMPING – Keep bears and people safe

  • Keep food and anything with a scent out of tents.
  • Dispose of garbage in bear resistant bins; otherwise, take it with you and dispose of it properly elsewhere. Do not bury or burn garbage.
  • Follow local land management agency food storage orders and properly store unattended food and anything else with a scent.

MOUNTAIN BIKERS, TRAIL RUNNERS & OHV USERS – Best practices for riding and running

  • Anyone traveling quickly (mountain biker, trail runner) can be at high risk of surprising a bear.
  • Slow down and look ahead, especially in areas of dense vegetation, berry patches, and around blind corners.
  • Ride or run in daylight and in groups.
  • Make noise! Let bears hear you, especially where visibility is limited.
  • View a video about Bear aware when riding or running in Bear country.
  • Biking in Bear Country (YouTube)