It’s always exciting to see bears in the park! Shenandoah has a robust bear population, but it takes all of us to keep them safe and healthy. Improperly stored or disposed food attracts bears–putting visitors and bears in potentially bad situations.
Bears learn where to find easy food sources, and they will return time and time again. This behavior can force the park to label them “nuisance” bears. Nuisance bears must be trapped and relocated to remote regions. Nuisance bears that find their way back to humans’ food or trash may face more dire consequences.
Help us keep Shenandoah’s black bears safe and healthy! Your gift today will support two park employees whose entire job is dedicated to bear and visitor safety. These staff will educate park visitors to keep safe viewing distances between themselves and bears and instruct campers and picnic goers on proper food storage and disposal.
With a gift of $1,500, you can purchase a bear-proof storage locker for a campsite. Call our office for details at (434) 293-2728.