Bear Boxes


Do you know what bears like to eat? Berries? Yes. Acorns? Yes.

And your peanut butter sandwich.

Bears will eat a wide variety of foods…including just about everything you’ve ever thought of bringing on your camping trip. When a bear chomps your dinner, it’s not just aggravating for you. It could spell disaster for the bear. Park Rangers will relocate “nuisance bears” to distance them from the smell of humans’ food. But if a bear continues to return and cause problems, it may be euthanized.

You may have learned that tying your food up in a tree will keep out the bears. The thing is: our bears climb trees. That’s why we’re raising funds to put a bear-proof food storage locker at every campsite in our park. Shenandoah National Park has a healthy population of black bears. Please help us keep it that way!

If you’re interested in making a gift towards the purchase of a bear box, contact Ruth Hayes at or call (434) 293-2728.