Andrew Stanton, a Yellowstone National Park Examiner, has written some informative online articles concerning bear safety. He’s gathered his information from a number of websites and publications. He writes, “It is not my intention to be alarmist, but to give park visitors tips on avoiding confrontations with wildlife.”
Stanton has actually published two articles, the first containing a few general guidelines about hiking and camping in the wilderness, specifically regarding wildlife. Here’s a preview of some of the tips you’ll find in his first article:
- Do not feed any wildlife.
- Do not hike alone in the back country.
- Do not store food in or near your tent.
- Carry bear spray in the back country.
Finally, he cautions to check with officials for the latest information on wildlife activity. In his second article, Stanton offers advice more specifically targeted toward storing food in order to prevent attracting bears. For example, if you’re in back country, he recommends storing any food or cooking equipment off the ground, high out of reach. If you’re using a car site, keeping all potential items for attracting wildlife in your car should do the trick.
Additionally, Stanton reminds us of the park regulation that states, “In all areas, food, garbage, and equipment used to cook or store food, when not in use or attended, must be sealed in a vehicle or camping unit made of solid, non-pliable material or suspended at least 10 feet above the ground and 4 feet horizontally from a post, tree trunk, or other object.”
In addition to wildlife safety, make sure you’re packing essential equipment like first aid kits, LED flashlights or lanterns, and a reliable knife or multi-tool. Bears and wildlife aren’t the only dangers the outdoors pose.