Campers encouraged to be Bear Aware

From the US Forest Service
August 14, 2019

BOISE, Idaho, August 8, 2019 –August 12, 2019 – The Boise National Forest is reminding visitors to be extra cautious this summer when storing their food to avoid attracting black bears.

Bears possess an extremely keen sense of smell, and can find food from great distances. Once a bear finds food near humans, it is likely to come back. The result is a dangerous situation for both the bear and for people. Bears that repeatedly come into conflict with campers have to be trapped and euthanized.

Campers can protect themselves and others from unwelcome nighttime visitors by storing their food properly. In developed campgrounds, campers should store all food in their vehicle, trailer or camper with windows tightly closed. Stoves, cooking utensils, personal items such as toothpaste, and pet or livestock feed should be protected in the same manner. Garbage should be disposed of in the trash containers in campgrounds and never left out unattended. If a trash container is full, please pack your garbage out.

In the backcountry, food and garbage should be kept out of bears’ reach by hanging it in a tree, at least 100 yards from the sleeping area. Food bags should ideally be 10 feet above ground and 4 feet out from tree trunks. Food can also be stored in an approved bear-proof container. Backcountry campers should attempt to reduce or eliminate food odors on themselves, their clothes and near their sleeping area. Do not store food in tents.

For the safety of the public (and the bears) we urge Forest users to be “Bear Aware” and use common sense when camping in bear country. For more information visit: https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/bears