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Alaska Bears

Black and brown (grizzly) bears inhabit most of Alaska. Read all bear safety information provided, and follow the proper procedures for camping and hiking in bear country to reduce the chances of a confrontation.

 Alaska Bears

Learn More About Alaska's Bears - Whether you are a homeowner, backpacker, angler, hunter, hiker or wildlife viewer, you will benefit from learning more about bears!

Bear Viewing - You do not have to travel far to see bears in Alaska and as such, any outdoor activity needs to take bear safety into account. This in mind, it should be noted that bear attacks are very rare in Alaska because most bears (other than polar bears) do not consider humans as food and try to avoid human contact.

Bears & You - Nothing will guarantee your safety in bear country, but knowledge of bears and proper behavior greatly reduce your risk.

Bear Viewing Etiquette - Practicing proper bear viewing etiquette will improve the quality of your experience and leave minimal impact on the animals and their habitat.

Our Wild Neighbors - An educational resource book about Alaskan animals

Planning A Hiking Trip - Keep in mind that firearms are not allowed in some parks. Check with the managing agency before you go. A red pepper-based aerosol spray that is highly effective in repelling bears is available in many sporting goods stores. (It should be enclosed in a sealed container or several layers of plastic bags during transport. Transportation onboard aircraft is often forbidden, so please check with operator before trying to bring it onboard.

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