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How to Stay Safe in Bear Country

Photo by Eric Bonnett

Bears are magnificent, fascinating animals. Although people and bears have been interacting for thousands of years, the relationship has often been based more on fear than understanding.

If you understand and apply a few safety principles, you can make your next trip into bear country safer for both you and the bears.

On this page, you'll find:

Safety When Roadside Bear Viewing

Bear seen from car window

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Safety When Walking or Hiking

Bear Watching


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Safety When Camping

bear safety gear

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Additional Resources


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Conservation Officer Services

Environment Yukon

Government of Yukon

Box 2703 (V-18)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone (Whitehorse): 867-667-8005
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8005 T.I.P.P. Line: 1-800-661-0525

Fax: 867-393-6206

Email: coservices@gov.yk.ca

District Conservation Officers:


Whitehorse 667-8005
Dawson 993-5492
Watson Lake 536-3210
Haines Junction 634-2247
Mayo 996-2202
Carmacks 863-2411
Old Crow 966-3040
Ross River 969-2202
Faro 994-2862
Teslin 390-2685