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Federal regulations limit how much capsaicinoids (the active eye- and nose-stinging ingredient) bear sprays can have, and most options on the market hit that maximum. But the Sabre Frontiersman has a long range (up to 30 feet), and the company makes a training spray so you can safely practice without…

A recent incident involving a renowned wildlife photographer allegedly baiting foxes at Grand Teton sheds light on a larger issue

A close encounter in the far north offers powerful lessons about how Native people have chosen to live alongside a dangerous predator

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

A University of Colorado Boulder skier tells the story of a camping trip gone awry

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

These affordable digs are within driving distance from major cities but feel like far-away escapes

With more than a hundred 11,000-foot peaks, five glaciers, and some 150 alpine lakes, Colorado's most popular park has served as an idyllic backdrop for some of our writer's bigger life moments: it's where he proposed to his wife, where his kids earned their first Junior Ranger badges, and where he said goodbye to someone special. While you'll be among 4.7 million visitors who visit every year, there's something personal to be found here.

Years of underfunding and climate change are increasingly threatening the national park system. From the Everglades in Florida to Glacier in Montana, here are the ones we stand to lose.

Here's how to assess when it's safe to do so

From surf cams to Fat Bear Week, live nature feeds inspire adventure and offer a break from reality

Nikita Ovsyanikov has spent decades studying polar bears on a remote Siberian island to better understand their behaviors

As red-rock meccas like Moab, Zion, and Arches become overrun with visitors, our writer wonders if Utah's celebrated Mighty Five ad campaign worked too well—and who gets to decide when a destination is "at capacity."

As one of the northernmost settlements on earth, the Norwegian hamlet of Longyearbyen has become a magnet for adventurous souls looking to start a new life. But when an unsettling crime happened, it brought home a harsh reality: in the modern world, trouble always finds you.

After a breaching humpback nearly landed on Tom Mustill's kayak, the wildlife filmmaker became consumed with trying to understand the massive mammal. The result is PBS's ‘The Whale Detective.’

Featuring fat bears, Pattie Gonia, a very good boy, and more

Everything is easier to understand with visuals

Scientists turn to high-tech solutions to protect a threatened population

After losing his bear spray, Colin Dowler was caught with nothing but a tiny Buck knife

Despite being one of the most popular destinations in the U.S., the Smokies make it easy to plan a last-minute trip and avoid crowds year-round. Here’s our definitive guide on what to know before you go, how to make the most of all the park has to offer, and can’t-miss experiences in every season.

Every year, explore.org calls on its A-team to capture the rotund glory of Katmai National Park’s brown bears

The fight to balance recreation with wildlife is coming to a head

The year's most dramatic story of a bear attack offers potentially lifesaving lessons for anyone venturing into the wild

The clock is winding down. Don't dwell on summer's missed opportunities—make new ones.

Critical habitat for the species could be destroyed

In August, Randy Scott was slapped with a fine and a restraining order against bears for feeding the animal along the Alaska Highway. Jokes about his punishment went viral, but the reality of his actions is far more serious.

The conservation icon talks about the surprising history of grizzlies in America and what comes next

The science is clear, right? Not so fast, according to, well, science.

The official Ursus of fire prevention ought to move from figurehead to spokesbear—and wearing a little Nomex wouldn't hurt either

Regulatory changes to the Endangered Species Act put many, many species at risk—but particularly the cute and cuddly ones

Eight places to (safely) spy on bears—and other big game—in their natural habitat

Want to be an asshole with a hill to die on? Here are some tips and tricks to get you there.

And other funny shit that happens in the woods

The harrowing story of a too-close encounter with a Canadian black bear

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