Campers, hikers and others visiting the national forests should practice safety at all times as bears appear to be especially active this year. The public is encouraged to prevent bear interactions by taking the following steps:
• Clean up food or garbage around fire rings, grills or other areas of your campsite.
• Keep food in secure containers and do not leave food unattended.
If you encounter a bear – never run. Back up slowly and make noise so the bear knows you’re there. These are just a few safety tips. Click here for a PDF with a more detailed safety checklist about black bears.