Camping with Wildlife

Wildlife Policies

Tomahawk Wildlife Information & Policies

Tomahawk is home to many different animals native to the Midwest region. White-tailed deer, beaver, raccoon, porcupine, and black bear are commonly seen throughout the summer along with a host of others. They all enrich the outdoor and camping experience which will no doubt create memories of your week at Tomahawk. However, they are all wild animals and for their protection and all those who attend Tomahawk this summer we require adherence to our wildlife policies. It is mandatory that all troops, crews, visitors, and staff read and follow the information in the Black Bear Education Manual. It provides information on campsite precautions when camping with wildlife, how to act in an encounter with wildlife, and ways to ensure you have a safe week at camp.


Seeing a bear at camp can be very exciting, and it's important to be prepared for this encounter. Please review the information on bears in the Black Bear Manual.

The training in the Black Bear Manual is mandatory, groups will not be allowed past check-in until we have received a signed copy stating that you have completed the training.


The forests of TSR are home to many animals including Ticks. It's important to know how to camp in areas that have ticks, as ticks are known carriers of various diseases. Make sure to review the Tick Born Illness page with your Troop/Crew.


Wetlands and other bodies of water which are a breeding ground for Mosquitoes, surround Tomahawk. Tomahawk does treat some areas of camp, but we would encourage units to bring mosquito netting as well as bug spray.

Other Animals

It's important to remember to Respect Wildlife, a key point in Leave no Trace. When you see an animal in the wild do not chase after them, feed them or try to lure them. This is for your safety as well as your own. Its important to remember you may be up for a week, but TSR are these animals home year round. 

Camping with Wildlife

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