How to Stay Safe in Bear Country While Hiking and Camping

Black bears often live in the same areas that we camp and hike posing obvious safety concerns for both humans and bears. Sloppy campers and hikers don’t just endanger themselves, shares the Division of Wildlife Resources, but also future visitors. When hiking, stay alert and in large groups, make noise, stay away from animal carcasses, store scented items in airtight plastic bags, keep kids in the center of the group, and NEVER approach or feed a wild bear under any circumstance. If you encounter a black bear stand your ground, don’t run away or climb a tree, and know bear behavior. Stay calm and give the bear a chance to leave. If a black bear attacks, use bear spray, always fight back, or defend yourself. While camping, it is crucial to store food, drinks and scented items securely in vehicles or bear-safe containers and never have them in your tent. Dispose of trash in bear-proof dumpsters, wipe down picnic tables, and burn food off stoves or grills. If you encounter an aggressive bear, immediately call police or the Vernal DWR Office at 435-781-9453.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.