Bear Month 2023
In collaboration with Backpacker, this is our guide to wild ursines
Hopefully you don't get charged by a bear in the first place. But in a worst-case scenario, here's what to do.
Two agencies will investigate bringing grizzlies back to the Pacific Northwest
Food is heavy. Don't carry it for miles while backpacking just to let something else eat it.
Data of Sasquatch sightings in a new preprint finds a strong correlation with bear population density
Kale Williams’s new book, ‘The Loneliest Polar Bear,’ offers readers an adorable polar bear cub—and a roving, clear-eyed exploration of climate change and how the bears captured the public imagination
Eight places to (safely) spy on bears—and other big game—in their natural habitat
The year's most dramatic story of a bear attack offers potentially lifesaving lessons for anyone venturing into the wild
Fat Bears and Funny Bears
Luckily for the bear, a wildlife official arrived and rescued it from the chilly predicament
Every year, explore.org calls on its A-team to capture the rotund glory of Katmai National Park’s brown bears
A former champion and constant runner-up face off on the final day of Fat Bear Week 2018, but every one is a winner in our hearts
For one week every fall, Alaska's Katmai National Park celebrates the survival skills and ample rolls of the happiest bears in the world. But there's more to their reigning champion than meets the eye.
The ursine inhabitants of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center test dozens of containers each year to see if they're worthy of bear-proof certification
Fierce Encounters & Serious Talks
To live in the small town of Haines, Alaska, is to live with bears, with roughly one brown bear for every nine human residents. Last winter, a local snowboarder woke a hibernating brown bear in the backcountry and was severely injured, furthering tensions between food-stressed bears and anxious local residents. But in most encounters, it’s the bear that ends up dead, prompting the question of what it means to coexist.
How much does the world need to know about a deadly bear attack? That question was tested in the Yukon last year, after the horrific loss of a mother and daughter caused a destructive media storm.
The conservation icon talks about the surprising history of grizzlies in America and what comes next
Our favorite wildlife competition crowned an aging winner this year, and reminded us that for the chubby bears we love, the stakes will always be high
Northwest College teammates Brayden Lowry and Kendell Cummings suffered serious injuries after fighting off an aggressive bruin in Wyoming
Alone in the wilderness, facing a grizzly that was determined to kill him, Colin Dowler had only one option: fight for his life.
You're probably doing it wrong. And even if you aren't, it won't work anyway.
The harrowing story of a too-close encounter with a Canadian black bear
Despite warnings, rules, and common sense, tourists in Yellowstone keep approaching bears and bison.
A close encounter in the far north offers powerful lessons about how Native people have chosen to live alongside a dangerous predator
A University of Colorado Boulder skier tells the story of a camping trip gone awry