||Black bears are common throughout the park.
Their diet usually consists of plants, berries, insects, and occasionally, carrion and
fish. Black bears are generally shy animals that are unaccustomed to and avoid people;
however, their behaviour is unpredictable and potentially dangerous. A few common 'bear
sense' precautions can help to avoid an unwelcome encounter.
Keep a tidy campsite: store all foods, toiletries, cosmetics and non-combustible garbage
in air tight containers. Odorous foods, buried garbage or dirty utensils may lure a bear
into your camping area.
||Suspend food containers at least 3 meters (10 feet) above the ground and
2 meters (7 feet) from a tree trunk or overhanging branches, away from the campsite. Burn
combustible garbage. Never bury food scraps.
Never cook in or near your tent or store foods, toiletries or cosmetics in your tent. As
an extra precaution, change clothes before retiring for the night. Clothing that may carry
the scent of food can be stored outside the tent.When cleaning fish, do so on a rock shoal
or shoreline far away from the campsite. Fish remains should be left on an exposed rocky
spot on the shoreline of a small island, above the water line where gulls, eagles, mink or
weasels can scavenge them quickly.
Make noise when you portage or hike through thick bush. If you do encounter a bear, stand
up and face the animal, talk using an assertive voice and slowly retreat by walking
backwards. Hold and slowly wave your arms or an object above your head to make yourself
appear as large as possible.
Do not play dead. Most bears will be scared away by yelling or by the banging of cooking
pots and the waving of arms and paddles. A loud 'show of strength' is most effective if
several people work together.