Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
A wet brown bear searches for a tasty salmon.
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Bear Safety

The Essentials for Traveling in Bear Country
One of the things that makes Alaska so special is that all three species of North American bears flourish here, providing a good chance for visitors to actually see one. Even if you don't see one, you will never be far from one, because Alaska is bear country.

In general, bears tend to avoid people. Even though many bears live in Alaska and thousands of people enjoy the outdoors, few people ever see bears, and only a tiny percentage of them are ever threatened by a bear. Whether you are out for a stroll or backpacking in the wilderness, it is important to know about how to recreate safely in bear country. Visit the National Parks Staying Safe Around Bears to learn more about: 

  • How to avoid bears
  • What to do if you encounter a bear
  • What to do in the event of an attack
  • Food storage requirements
  • Bear pepper spray usage


Kodiak Brown Bears travel across a ridgeline in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge

Black and white profile shot of a swan with two cygnets in tow. They are reflected in the clear, flat water. Did You Know?
Waterfowl banded on Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge have been recovered in Belize, Columbia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Russia, eight Canadian Provinces, and 45 of the 50 United States.