Hiker snaps selfie with grizzly bear @ Glacier National Park
Hiker snaps selfie with grizzly bear @ Glacier National Park

While most of us would reach for the can of bear spray in the presence of a grizzly bear, this hiker at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park went for his phone to take a selfie (he wasn’t the only one either). Logan Pass is a super popular destination inside Glacier and is the highest elevation reachable by car in the park. The parking lot is usually full and the hiking trails see a ton of traffic. Its common to see mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and sometime a big old grizzly will walk through the meadow. If you plan on hiking Glacier this summer, do yourself a favor and check out their bear safety recommendations below:

Glacier National Parks Bear Safety For Hikers:

Make Noise
Bears usually move out of the way if they hear people approaching. Bear bells are not adequate or effective. Calling out and clapping at regular intervals are better ways to make your presence known. Do your best never to surprise a bear.

Hike in Groups
Hiking in groups significantly decreases your chances of having a negative bear encounter. There have not been any reported attacks on groups of four or more in Glacier. If you’re a solo hiker looking for company, check the Ranger-led Activity page for guided hikes.

Don’t Run on Trails
Joggers and runners risk surprising a bear on the trail. Trail running is strongly discouraged.

Carry Bear Spray
Bear spray is an inexpensive way to deter bear attacks and has been shown to be the most effective deterrent. Be sure you know how to use it and that you are carrying it in an accessible place. Check the Ranger-led Activity page for summer demonstrations.

Be Aware of Surroundings
Some environmental conditions make it hard for bears to see, hear, or smell approaching hikers. Be particularly careful by streams, against the wind, or in dense vegetation. A blind corner or a rise in the trail also requires special attention. Look for scat and tracks. Bears spend a lot of time eating, so be extra alert when hiking in obvious feeding areas like berry patches, cow parsnip thickets, or fields of glacier lilies. Always keep children close. Avoid hiking very early in the morning, very late in the day, or after dark.

Secure Food and Garbage
Never leave food, garbage, or anything used to prepare, consume, store, or transport food unattended. This includes your backpack or day pack. Secure all food and odorous items safely and pack out all garbage. Other scented items include toiletries, feminine products, sunscreen, etc.

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