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When Are Bears Most Active?

We all love to cuddle with toy bears from the safety of our living rooms. However, out in the world, it is a different concern. Bear sighting is an impressive experience, but one that requires you to have a plan if you hope to catch a sight of them – not to mention do it safely.

Here is our recap on when bears are most 

Is Bear sighting common?

Not common as such, but you do have a practical chance to see a bear. There were over 40,000 bear sightings from 1980 to 2011. Those are a lot of instances, especially considering that one sighting can be seen by several people, increasing the odds a bit. Also, there is a high likelihood that there are far more sightings than the reported number. So, while I shouldn’t plan on it, there is certainly a chance. In Yellowstone, you can either come across grizzly or black bears.

When can you see a bear?

If you want to give yourself the best chance to see an active bear, September and October are the best months. Bears are most active during this period, preparing for their lengthy hibernation. Some of the most popular activities for bears include snoozing, wandering, and fishing. If you want to catch a grizzly or black bear creeping around, the best time to get out here at Yellowstone Park is during fall.

However, if you are more of a winter and spring traveler, these are also great times to schedule a trip. Just don’t plan a bear sighting trip in winter when they are in hibernation and far away from human sight.

Where should you explore?

Bears are most active at dusk and dawn, usually around water. Popular Yellowstone park locations include Hayden Valley, Dunraven Pass, Antelope Creek Meadows, Gardiners Hole, and Lamar Valley. Also, fields along east entrance Road are a good gamble. You can also try the Bechler region, along the road between Tower Falls and Elk Creek, or from Mammoth Hot Springs North to Indian Creek. The best time to try and see a bear is when you are at the park. It is safer for both you and the bear.

However, if you would like to see a bear in its natural habitat, it is advisable that you contact your local game department or the United States Forestry Service in your local area and talk about this with them. Find out when bears are most active and the safest time for bear sighting before planning your trip.

How will you keep safe?

The best way to remain safe around bears is to stay with a group of people, keep food inside your car or coolers, and make noise as you hike through the woods. Most bears are more scared of you then you are of them. 


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