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Be Bear Aware!                        tips-bear-education

Seeing these animals in their natural habitat is a tremendous privilege that few people get to witness. When observing these creatures it is your responsibility to be careful and respectful in their environment. Here are some helpful tips to stay safe in bear country. 

Respect Wildlife

  • Give wildlife plenty of space
  • Do not approach or provoke wildlife
  • Do not feed wildlife or leave food out
  • Be aware and respectful of animal denning areas
  • Leave "orphaned" or sick animals alone

Respect the Environment

  • Pack it in, pack it out
  • Do not leave food in your car
  • Tread lightly in sensitive habitats

Outdoor Safety Tips

  • Buddy up: you are safer in a group
  • Make noise: this will prevent you from surprising wildlife
  • Use your senses: stay aware of your surroundings (headphones not recommended)
  • Carry Bear Spray: have it accessible and know how to use it
  • Back away from wildlife slowly, never run from a bear
  • Handle food, trash, fish and other attractants responsibly 

 


 

Be Moose Aware!

Give Moose plenty of room!
Enjoy viewing them from a distance. Cow moose are extremely defensive of their young so use extra caution around cows with calves.

In the summer months, moose blend in well to their environment and can be surprisingly hard to see for such large animals. They are likely to stand their ground even when they hear people approaching, so pay close attention to your surroundings, especially in prime moose habitat such as willow thickets or around streams or ponds.

If you do find yourself close to a moose

  • If it hasn't detected you yet, keep it that way.
  • If it knows you're there, talk to it softly and move away slowly.
  • Don't be aggressive - you want to convince the moose that you aren't a threat.
  • If you think the moose is going to charge you, take cover or run away.

Watch for signs that the moose is upset
If its ears are laid back and hackles are up it is likely to charge

Unlike with bears, it is okay to run from a moose

 


Check out these links below for more information

The Essentials for Traveling in Bear Country

Living in Harmony with Bears

What to Do About Aggressive Moose

Moose Calving Season is Here

Wildlife Viewing Ethics