Bozeman, MT – Food storage requirements for five of the seven ranger districts on the Custer Gallatin National Forest, including Bozeman, Hebgen Lake, Gardiner, Yellowstone and Beartooth, go back into effect on March 1 – December 1, annually. Food Storage Orders are in effect to reduce adverse human wildlife interactions including bear and other wildlife species.
The Food Storage Order requires that all unattended food, garbage and attractants be stored through one of the approved methods:
- In hard-sided vehicles;
- In bear-resistant containers;
- Hung at least 10 feet above the ground, and 4 feet away from tree/pole, out of the reach of wildlife; or
- Placed within a fenced area that meets the IGBC approved bear resistant products list. (The order defines appropriate methods for storing and possessing food, refuse and other attractants, including animal carcasses and burning of garbage).
Individuals who do not comply with the food storage order can be issued a violation and held civilly liable for any damages that occur from non-compliance. It is always good practice to maintain a clean camp and keep food properly stored in containers out of the reach of wildlife and secured for both the safety of bears, other wildlife and for human safety.
For additional information on IGBC approved products including containers and electric fencing please visit www.igbconline.org.