Fri Jul 30 00:00:00 MDT 2010
Bears are out and active this time of year across most of western Montana, and those bears are in constant search of food.
The National Forest Service, National Park Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks join in urging Montanans and visitors to practice “Bear Bear Aware” tips.
- Hikers, campers—all recreationists—should use care and be familiar with how to avoid encounters in bear country.
- Always carry bear spray, have it close at hand, and know how to use it.
- If you are going to be alone in bear country, let someone know your detailed plans; better yet, don’t go alone.
- Be alert to signs of bear activity.
- Think in advance about what you would do in the event of an encounter.
- Make noise as you travel.
- Cook any meals at least 100 yards from any backcountry campsites.
- Store any attractants, including game carcasses, at least 100 yards from any backcountry campsites.
Many national forests, and Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, require all attractants be stored appropriately. Unattended food, refuse, and attractants must be stored in hard-sided vehicles or bear-resistant containers, or be hung above the ground out of the reach of wildlife. Food, cooking utensils and garbage may not be left outside at any time unless in immediate use.