Bear Safety and Sightings

Issued: October 01, 2018

Current wildlife warnings and closures

Caution Sign Posted
No Caution signs posted due to bears
Area Closure
No areas closed due to bears
Trail Closure
No trails closed due to bears.
Bear Sightings
Area in Park Bear Dates
1 Salt Pan (North Loop) trail large adult bear Sept 23


 

Do not feed bears

Once bears become accustomed to being fed by people, they stop looking for their natural foods and lose their fear of humans. They may approach vehicles and people. This makes them more likely to be dangerous, creating a public safety issue.

Camping in Bear Country

Keep food smells to a minimum

  • Store the following items in your vehicle instead of a tent or tent-trailer as they attract wildlife:
    • Food and food-related items (such as packaging, dishes and coolers)
    • Items containing artificial scents (such as soap, lotions, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Properly dispose of cooking water.
    • Use your camping unit’s sink or the outhouse instead of pouring it on the ground.
  • Garbage (including food scraps and other biodegradable items) must be disposed of in our animal-proof garbage bins.
    • Garbage disposed in the fire pit is a wildlife attractant.

Trail Safety

Prepare - carry bear spray and know how to handle an encounter

Be aware - look ahead and watch for tracks, droppings, and diggings

Let bears know you’re there - travel in a group & make noise

Bears are extremely sensitive to the stress of human activity. You can help protect these animals by avoiding encounters with them.

  • Make noise! Let bears know you're there. Call out, clap, sing or talk loudly especially near streams, dense vegetation and berry patches, on windy days, and in areas of low visibility. Bear bells are ineffective.
  • Watch for fresh signs of a bear. Tracks, droppings, torn-up logs or ant-hills and turned-over rocks are all signs that a bear has been in the area. Leave the area if the signs are fresh.
  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times or leave it at home. Dogs can provoke defensive behaviour in bears.
  • Larger size groups are less likely to have a serious bear encounter. Never let children wander.
  • Travel during daylight hours.
  • If you come across a large dead animal, leave the area immediately and report it to park staff at 867- 872-0404
  • Dispose of fish offal in a bear-proof garbage bin or take it home, never along stream sides