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HOW TO STAY SAFE AND BEAR AWARE DURING YOUR VISIT IN GREATER YELLOWSTONE
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is one of the last remaining large, nearly intact northern temperate zone ecosystems on the planet. The GYE covers roughly 80,000 square kilometers (20,000,000 acres) and spans three states - Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. You can find both grizzly bears and black bears throughout the ecosystem.
know your bears!
Dish-shaped face and profile
Longer front claws
Toes closer together
Colors include dark brown, medium brown, and blonde
No shoulder hump
Straight face profile
Shorter front claws
Toes more separated, more curved
Colors include black, brown, and cinnamon
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE!
Bears, wolves - 100 years/91 meters/8 school bus lengths
Elk, bison, all other animals - 25 yards/23 meters/2 school bus lengths
how to be bear aware and safe
carry bear spray
Always carry bear spray and keep it within reach.
Know how to use it BEFORE you hike.
Make human noise
Talk, sing, or clap hands while hiking and walking to avoid startling a bear.
Don’t depend on bear bells.
hike in groups of 4+
Hike or walk in groups of 4 or more.
Leave no human trace. If you pack it in, pack it out.
Store Items properly
Put food and odorous items such as toiletries in bear-safe bins provided at camp sites.
Don’t leave food unattended.
how to use bear spray
Greater yellowstone coalition’s work to keep bears alive and people safe
From Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Enterprise
Banner photo: Westone Images