Top tips for safely trail running in bear country - Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Top tips for safely trail running in bear country

Photo credit: Vincent M.A. Janssen

Bear safety starts with you. When it comes to recreating in areas where grizzly bears, black bears and other wildlife live, it pays to be alert, be loud and be safe!

Our communications and digital engagement manager, Kelly, is a self-described reluctant runner and bear enthusiast. She shares a few of the practices she uses when trail running or recreating in the Yellowstone to Yukon region to avoid causing problems for bears and other wildlife.

Other tips?

  • Keep dogs on leash
  • Consider shifting routes if berries are ripening along your usual path
  • Follow trail closures
  • Give wildlife space
  • See a bear? Report it to your local authorities
  • If you run, bike, hike or share space with bears, take our bear safe pledge

Read more: 6 tips to keep yourself, your pets, and bears safe.