North Idaho

Idaho Panhandle National Forests issues tips to avoid bear encounters

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - In light of a recent bear attack near Priest Lake, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests issued a reminder to visitors to be mindful of all wildlife, particularly bears.

-Do not approach or feed wild animals. All wildlife can be dangerous
-We love huckleberries, and so do bears. Be extra careful and alert when picking berries.
-Make plenty of noise while hiking in bear country. Bears don't want to come face-to-face with you any more than you want to with them. Talk, sing, clap your hands, or use bear bells to let a bear know of your presence.
-Store food in hard-sided vehicles or bear-proof containers. Proper food storage is required if you're on national forest system lands north of Clark Fork, Lake Pend Oreille, and the Pend Oreille River.
-If you choose to hike with dogs, keep them on a leash, so they don't lead an angry bear back to you.

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