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If you're in Alaska, you are probably in bear country!
One of the things that make Alaska special are the three types of bears that call this land their home. Whether you are hiking in the wilderness or biking on a city path here in Alaska, it is important for you to know bear safety basics.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you are traveling in bear country:
- Be a Noisy Hiker. Have you ever had a friend sneak up behind you and yell "BOO!"? Bears don't like surprises any more than people do. When you hike make lots of noise to avoid startling bears. Sing, talk, or wear a bell. Traveling in groups is a good idea too.
- Give Bears Space. Bears have a big personal bubble. Give them lots of room so they don't feel threatened.
- Respect a Bear's Meal. A stinky dead moose near a trail could be a bear's lunch. If you see a dead animal leave the area. Bears are protective of their food.
- Keep a Clean Camp. Cook and store food away from your camp. Food smells can tempt bears. If they learn that they can get food from humans, bears can become dangerous and may have to be destroyed.
- Leave Your Dog at Home. Fido is a great friend, but barking dogs can really stress out bears. Dogs have been known to lead angry bears back to their humans. Remember; bears and pets don't mix!
Learn about Urban Wildlife Safety too!
Bears aren't the only animals we need to know how to act around! What about animals we see in our own backyards like moose or birds? Click HERE to find out more about urban wildlife safety.
If you are an educator please take a look at our Statewide Education Kits page for information on how to check out a Bear or Bear Safety Kit for use with your students.