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.
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!
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
Wild Neighbors - An educational resource book about Alaskan
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
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