BC Wildlife

Welcome to Bear Country

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Camp Moose Trail is surrounded by nature and plenty of BC wildlife! Staying here is like visiting the backcountry.

The forests around Golden, BC are home to a variety of wild animals, including grizzly bears, black bears, cougars, elk, deer, raccoons and many more.

If you’re new to camping in bear country, please familiarize yourself with the following information, and don’t be afraid to ask if you’re unsure.

Remember, “bare” campsites are safe campsites, for both you and the bears! Let’s work together to co-exist with wildlife to ensure that everyone stays safe.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Please Do:

– Store food in bear bins provided on site.

– Keep camping area clean and free of garbage and other wildlife attractants.

– Follow any notices or further instructions given by staff.

Please Do Not:

– Store food, soaps, toothpaste or other aromatic items in, or near, your tent. Use our bear bins instead.

– Cook any food anywhere near your tent or sleeping area. Use our communal cook tent or pizza oven instead.

– Feed ANY wildlife – ever! Yes, this includes birds and squirrels.

– Leave food in your camping area unattended. A raven will quickly grab anything you turn your back on.

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Bear Attractants:

Bears have an incredibly acute sense of smell. They can smell the smallest item of food from 20 miles away! Bears are attracted to…

– Anything that we have cooked or are about to eat.

– Dirty barbecues or camp stoves
Any item associated with food prep or clean-up (dish rags, scrubbers, pots, pans, etc.).

– Grey water pails and discharge.

– Garbage, wrappers, empty bottles, cans, condiments, or anything that has been in contact with food.

– Containers for gas, oil, or other petroleum-products.

How to Prevent an Unexpected Bear Encounter When Hiking:

– Hike in a group and make your presence known by talking loudly or singing – especially in areas where there is limited visibility and/or where it may be hard for a bear to hear you (e.g. river).

– Keep your dog on a leash as they can attract or startle bears.

– Be aware of your surroundings and watch for bear signs like fresh scat, claw marks on trees, or logs torn apart.

If you encounter a bear while hiking or at camp:

– Remain calm and do not run; running can trigger an attack.

– Never turn your back on a bear but do not stare at it directly either.

– If the bear sees you, talk in a low calm voice and step backwards.

– Always carry bear spray with you and know how to use it.

– Report any encounter with an aggressive bear to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

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