Bearproof Your Food and Smelly Things

Sharing a habitat with Yosemite’s bruins means taking care to keep these wild animals wild. Follow these precautions while in bear country.
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Sharing a habitat with Yosemite’s bruins means taking care to keep these wild animals wild. Follow these precautions while in bear country.
Bearproof food storage lockers in Yosemite. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Bearproof food storage lockers in Yosemite. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Sharing a habitat with Yosemite’s bruins means taking care to keep these wild animals wild. Follow these precautions while in bear country.

Food Storage In Campgrounds and Tent Cabins

  • After dark, pack everything that has a scent—including food, soap, toothpaste, and trash—inside the bear lockers provided. Only remove items when you’re using them.
  • Never leave food or other smelly items in your car, truck bed, or roof compartment overnight. Bears can and do break into cars.

Food Storage In Backcountry Campsites

  • Pack food and scented items in a park-approved bear canister. At night, place the canister 100 yards from the tent. Find a list of approved containers at www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/containers.htm
  • Don’t hang your food from a tree. Yosemite bears are experts at raiding bear bags (and it’s against park rules).