Remember that bears are curious creatures with a powerful sense of smell. Please follow local camping regulations, but here are some tips:

  • Set up cooking, eating, and supply areas at least 100 yards from your sleeping area.
  • Store food and odorous items by hanging at least 10 feet above ground and 4 feet from top and side supports or by storing in approved bear-resistant containers.
  • Select food in individually sealed packages. Plan meals carefully to prevent leftovers.
  • Store pet food, livestock feed, and garbage the same as food. Never bury it; pack it out.
  • Strain food particles from dishwater using a fine mesh screen and store with garbage.
  • Dump dishwater at least 100 yards from your sleeping area. Food odors may attract bears.
  • Keep sleeping bags and tents completely free of food, food odors, or beverages at all times.
  • Store personal items (such as deodorants, toothpaste, make-up, soap, and lotions) with food and garbage when not in use. Any odorous product may attract bears.
  • Camp in open areas away from trails, thick brush, berry patches, spawning streams, or carcasses.
  • Sleep in a tent for increased safety.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after cooking, eating, or handling fish or game. Always minimize odors.
  • Change your clothes before going to bed — do not sleep in the same clothes you cook in.
  • Rehearse what you and others in your group will do — day or night —
  • If a bear appears in your camp or while you’re hiking. Review local regulations before your outing.

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