NPWS Dropbear Notice

In light of the rising frequency of human/bear conflicts, the New South Wales Department for the Environment is advising tourists, hikers, and trout fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for native bears while travelling this summer.

The Department advises that people wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle native bears that are not expecting them. They also advise everyone to carry capsicum spray with them in case of an encounter with a dropbear.

It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of native bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognise the difference between Koala bear dung and dropbear dung. Koala bear dung is smaller and drier and smells of eucalyptus oil. Dropbear dung has little bells in it and smells of capsicum.