Hiking in Bear Country
© Parks Canada
To many people, the existence of grizzly bears indicates a true wilderness setting. Tragically, wilderness areas are rapidly disappearing in North America and with them, the grizzlies. Parks Canada recognizes the significance of protecting wilderness in Kluane National Park for grizzly bears and their habitat. Bears are extremely sensitive to the stress of human activity. You can help protect these animals by avoiding encounters with them:
Hiker with a bear resistant food canister © Parks Canada / A. Chilibeck
- Make noise! Let bears know you're there–call out, clap hands, sing or talk loudly especially near streams, dense vegetation and berry patches, on windy days, and in areas of low visibility.
- Travel in groups, on established paths and trails, and during daylight hours.
- Keep food smells away from bears by properly storing food, garbage and food-related items.
- Stay alert, don't surprise! Watch for bears in the area and for their sign – tracks, droppings, diggings, torn-up logs, and turned-over rocks. Leave the area if you see fresh sign.
- If you come across dead animals, leave the area immediately and report them to park staff.
- Never approach or feed a bear.
- Don’t cook near your tent or sleep with food in your tent.
- Use bear-resistant storage containers that provide for food and garbage storage
- Do not camp on well-used animal tracks.
- It is mandatory to keep your dog on a leash. Dogs may chase or attract bears, moose and other wildlife and lead them right back to you.
- Report all sightings of bears to park staff.
The You are in Bear Country brochure provides important information about travelling and camping in bear country.