Up Close and Personal With Grizzlies
After a 30-year career managing an Alaskan wildlife sanctuary, Larry Aumiller's advice for keeping bears and people safe seems unconventional: get used to each other.
Is there a bigger thrill than seeing a bear in the wild? We think not. Whether they're black, grizzly, or even polar, encountering our toothy neighbors in their natural habitat is a reminder that the wilderness is just that: wild. This week we're celebrating bruins, with bear science and safety tips from the outdoors' greatest experts.
Mix up your bear calls with our expert suggestions.
BACKPACKER Skills Editor Corey Buhay is here to help you master grizzly country's most essential safety gear.
Master the art of selecting a safe cook site and storing your smellables with a help from photographer Matt Hage.
How do you make sure bear-proof products are strong enough to withstand a hungry griz? Give a food-filled bear canister to one and see if he can break it open.
While thousands of people flock to U.S. national parks each year in hopes of seeing a bear, spotting one out in its element is just another day in the office for some employees.
Can our editors outrun, outeat, outfish, and outsleep a bear? Only one way to find out.
In the Polar Bear Capital of the World, where encounters between animals and people are a fact of life, a 50-year-old program keeps both safe.