The order requires that unattended food, refuse, and attractants be stored in hard-sided vehicles or bear-resistant containers (or hung above the ground out of the reach of wildlife) at all locations in the Gallatin National Forest and on the Beartooth Ranger District. The order defines appropriate methods for acceptably storing and possessing food, refuse and other attractants, including animal carcasses (i.e., hard-sided vehicles, hanging from a tree, use of bear-resistant containers, and appropriate methods for burning garbage). Individuals who do not comply with the food storage order can be fined.
The Gallatin forest-wide order went into effect in 2007 and is designed to reduce adverse human-wildlife interactions, thereby promoting human safety and the protection of bears and other wildlife species. Portions of the Gallatin National Forest, primarily Hebgen Lake and Gardiner Ranger Districts on the southern end of the Forest, were previously covered by a food storage order.
For further information about the Food Storage Order please contact the closest Gallatin National Forest office or the Beartooth R.D. on the Custer National Forest. Information can also be found on the each Forest’s website atwww.fs.usda.gov/gallatin or at www.fs.usda.gov/custer.