Be Wildlife Safe

Solar Electric Bear Fence Around Camp

Wildlife is abundant! Take care of yourself, and the wildlife, by following these guidelines.

  • Precautions should be taken to avoid unwanted encounters with bears and moose, particularly when they have offspring. 
  • Avoid using well-worn bear and other wildlife trails. 
  • Make lots of noise when hiking, especially on windy days, in dense vegetation, and along noisy streams. 
  • Keep campsites very clean and cook and store all food away from camp. 
  • Keep tents, sleeping bags, and all personal gear free of food odors. 
  • Never bring food in your tent. 
  • It’s important to store food so that it is not obtainable for bears and other animals. “Food” includes garbage, canned items, and toiletries. 
  • The use of bear-resistant storage containers and portable electric fencing around campsites is strongly recommended. 
  • Do not bury garbage or debris because the enticing odors teach bears to associate food with humans, a very dangerous situation. 
  • The weather changes quickly and without warning. 
  • Adequate rain gear and warm clothing are essential. Hypothermia is always a possibility with our wet conditions and cool temperatures. 
  • Cold water kills! Use extreme caution and common sense when near rivers, lakes, and coastal areas. The water is often murky and swift, and dangerous conditions may not be apparent. Watch out for quicksand. 
  • Boil, filter, or treat all water before drinking. Giardiasis, a water-borne parasite, is common in Alaska. 
  • Biting insects are common. Come prepared with repellent, head nets, and a screened tent. 
  • Medication should be carried if you are sensitive to bug bites.