Chances are if you recreate in Montana you've shared the place with bears. Watching bears in their natural environment from a safe, respectable distance can be thrilling – they are far more likely to enhance your wilderness experience than spoil it. The vast majority of bears want to avoid humans. But, you should always be prepared to protect yourself and bears in the case of a negative interaction.

The following information has been compiled from Western Wildlife Outreach, National Park Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.