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Be “Bear Aware” This Camping Season

Camping season is here, meaning it is as important as ever to be bear aware while enjoying the great outdoors –this means keeping campsites and other areas free of attractants.

Many of Saskatchewan’s parks and campgrounds are in bear country and bears have been known to wander through on occasion. Proper food storage, cooking methods and garbage handling are essential for safe camping in bear country, because when bears start to associate food sources with humans, they become a public safety risk. Failure to manage food and garbage while camping may result in fines under the amended regulations.

If you encounter a bear, keep your distance and do not try to scare the animal away or handle the situation yourself.  Most often, animals will move on without any intervention.

In a campground:

  • Never cook or eat in your tent.
  • Never store food in tents or tent trailers.  Store food in air-tight containers in the trunk of your vehicle.
  • Place all garbage in the containers provided.  Do not burn or bury scraps.
  • Clean fish only at designated fish-cleaning stations.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Keep young children close at hand, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • Use a flashlight at night.

If a bear enters the campground:

  • Stay calm.  Do not run.
  • Do not harass or chase the bear.
  • If the bear is at a distance, calmly place all food in your vehicle.
  • Get into your vehicle and report the incident to staff.

If you have an encounter with an aggressive bear, and/or if public safety is at risk, call the Turn in Poachers and Polluters (TIPP) line at 1-800-667-7561 or from your SaskTel cell phone at #5555.

To report concerns about nuisance bear(s), contact the ministry’s general inquiry line at 1-800-567-4224 or by email at centre.inquiry@gov.sk.ca.

Additional information about bears and bear safety is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/wildlife-issues.

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