Mother Bear and her cub

Reducing Human-Bear Conflicts

Good housekeeping is a requirement wherever black bears are found. Simple sanitation measures can be the key to avoid attracting bears. Take responsibility for your safety and encourage your neighbors to do the same!

Adult and juvenile bear

Keeping Humans and Bears Safe

Frequently, humans unknowingly create potential food sources for bears. This may attract them into close proximity to residential areas and subsequently result in human-bear conflicts.

Tent with snowshoes embedded in the snowy landscape

Camping Rules and Guidelines

Rules and guidelines for the use of public lands managed by DEC are generally as follows: Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond or other body of water except at areas designated by a “camp here” disk.

two people in a tent under a starry sky

Primitive Camping

Primitive camping involves little or no amenities such as running water, electric, picnic tables, and restrooms. Primitive camping is sometimes referred to as back-country camping, which is a term used more often in the Forest Preserve and refers to being back in the woods, away from civilization.


Biting Insects

I always forget about these terrible things until I go out on that first hike. The swarms can be awful and they are just voracious!
It seems to me that not much seems to work on these creatures other than screens and staying inside until dark.