Bighorn National Forest Visitors Urged to Be Bear Aware

Bighorn National Forest Visitors Urged to Be Bear Aware

Officials with the Bighorn National Forest want to remind people visiting the forest to take precautions to avoid encounters with black bears.

BHNF Public Affairs Specialist Susie Douglas said that bears have recently been seen wandering through campgrounds and that bears, while in most situations will avoid humans, can become aggressive when searching for food.

Douglas said that conflicts with bears should be reported to the local game warden or Forest Service office. She said that brochures with instructions on proper food storage and clean camping techniques are available at the Forest Service Office and Local Game and Fish Office.

Following these safety tips will help ensure a safer visit to the forest, for you and the bears.

-Keep a clean camp. Store food, garbage, toiletries, cooking utensils, dishes, pet food, and stoves in closed vehicles or approved bear-resistant containers. Coolers are not bear resistant.

-Never put food scraps in a campfire.

-Do not keep food, or anything with an odor, in tents.

-Any strange odor will attract a bear. Bears will target motor oil, insect repellent, liquor, livestock feed, and other items that smell like food.

-When walking in the woods, make noise, be alert, and carry bear repellant pepper spray and keep it handy.

-Sleep away from your cooking area.

For more information about bears, visit or the Bear Wise Wyoming page on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website

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