Wildlife sightings make for some of our most cherished moments on the Pacific Northwest Trail. The PNT passes through some of our wildest public lands; these special places are home to animals iconic of wilderness, like grizzly bears and wolves, and a few species found nowhere else. Some of these animals, such as grizzly bears, have faced local extinction in much of the contiguous United States. The remaining habitat for this important species lies in but a few small areas in the western states.
Thru-hikers can help by putting wildlife first while visiting the PNT. Proper food storage and safety precautions are very important on the PNT because they help keep recovering animal populations healthy and help keep the backcountry safe for wildlife and human visitors alike.