What safety concerns do I need to know about the wildlife of Alaska?


To avoid the bears make sure to:

Make noise while hiking to alert bears of your presence.

Use bear Resistant Food Containers and store them 100 yards from cooking areas and tent sites.

Be alert for bears and alter your activity to avoid them.

Never run from a bear.

Bear spray can be carried as an added precaution.

However, it is useful only as a last resort in the event of an emergency, and should not be viewed as substitute for proper backcountry behavior.

Also check out our Bear Safety page.

Tips for all other wildlife:

Do not feed or allow wildlife to obtain human foods.

Do not approach or follow wildlife.

Maintain a minimum of 25 yards distance from all other animals, dens, and nests.

If your presence alters an animal's behavior, you are too close.

Also check out our Wildlife Etiquette page.