Be Bear Aware

This page is dedicated to reliable sources of information on recreating safely in Bear Country. 

Each Park, National Forrest, and Management Area sets their own regulations on food and refuse storage requirements.  It is the responsibly of the camper to "know before you go" and be prepared to follow the regulations of that management area.

Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC)

The IGBC is the most comprehensive source of reliable information on being bear aware and provides links to regulatory practices across several management agencies in the following states:






British Columbia

US National Park Service

US Forrest Service

American Grizzly Bear Range

Black Bears

While the IGBC website covers information about bears in general (both Grizzly and Black bears) the regional information provided covers only the Grizzly Bear Range. For specific regional black bear information it is best to contact the website of the location you intend to visit or contact the ranger office directly. Each Park, National Forest, or Management Area typically will have a web page with bear information for their region.

Western Range of the American Black Bear

Eastern Range of the American Black Bear