The Do’s and Don’ts of Wildlife Encounters on the Trail


Bears

DO

  • Carry bear spray where you can grab it quickly.

  • Read bear spray instructions beforehand—spray duration and distance vary among brands.

  • Start to spray a charging bear when it is 30 to 60 feet away.

DO NOT

  • Climb a tree. Black bears and grizzlies can both climb better than humans.

  • Keep dogs off-leash. Off-leash dogs can attract grizzlies and lure them back to their owners.

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