Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to
Travel in groups of three or more people whenever possible and plan to be out
in the daylight hours.
Stay on trails or rural roads.
Watch for signs of bears such as bear scat, diggings, torn-up logs and turned
over rocks, and partly consumed animal carcasses.
Keep children close.
Make your presence known by talking, singing, carrying a bell, or
other means, especially when near streams or in thick forest where visibility is low. This can be
the key to avoiding encounters. Most bears will avoid humans when they know humans are
Use caution in areas like berry patches where bears occur.
Don't approach a bear; respect their space and move off.
Camp away from trails and areas where you see grizzly signs.
Keep a clean camp at all times. Keep tents and sleeping bags free of odors.
Avoid cooking smelly foods.
Hang all food, trash and other odorous items well away from camp and
at least 10' above ground and 4' from any vertical support, or store in a bear-proof container.
Livestock feed should be treated the same as human food.
Don't sleep in the same clothes you wore while cooking or
If you kill a game animal, immediately field dress the animal and
move the carcass at least 100 yards from the gut pile. Gut piles can be easily slid on a small
piece of visqueen plastic.
If you must leave the carcass, hang it, in pieces if necessary, at
least 10' above the ground. Leave the carcass where you can see it from a distance, and when you
return, observe the carcass with binoculars before approaching. If a grizzly has claimed the
carcass, leave the area and report the incident to the proper authorities. It's not worth risking
your safety or the bear's safety.
Elk hunters should be aware that bugles and cow calls can attract bears. Stay alert! Many encounters
between hunters and bears occur in dense brush.
Don't leave fish entrails on shorelines of lakes and streams. Sink
entrails in deep water. If you don't properly dispose of entrails you increase danger to yourself
and to the next person to use the area.