Living with bears

Nuisance animals

Camping & outdoor activities

Bear in tent.
Having a bear in camp can ruin your trip.

When outdoors, you may encounter a bear, especially while camping. If you are planning a camping trip to bear country, a telephone call to inquire about bear activities is recommended. If you confront a bear while in the outdoors, remain calm. Don't panic!

To reduce the chances of bear problems:

Tie food bag above ground.

Seeing bears can be very enjoyable. However, having a bear in camp can lead to problems. If a problem becomes serious, the bear may be killed unnecessarily.

If a bear comes into camp:

If a bear makes threatening sounds, stands upright or bluff charges, you are too close. These actions can be unnerving, however, the bear can almost always be chased away.

Spray repellents containing capsaicin (hot pepper liquid) are available to discourage bold bears. These repellents are effective and will not injure a bear's eyes or make the bear aggressive. CAUTION! Care must be taken when using these products. Be sure to follow label instructions.