BEARS ACTIVE IN NATIONAL FOREST

by Gair on August 30, 2013

AS THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND STARTS, OFFICIALS WITH THE WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST ARE REMINDING VISITORS AND CAMPERS THAT BEARS CONTINUE TO BE ACTIVE IN THE FOREST.

SPOKESPERSON COLLEEN MAINVILLE SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS INCIDENTS OF BEARS LOOKING FOR FOOD, INCLUDING RUMMAGING THROUGH COOLERS, CRAWLING INTO TENTS AND SHELTERS AND REACHING FOOD HUNG IMPROPERLY AT CAMPGROUNDS.

SHE SAYS ALL FOOD SHOULD BE PROPERLY STORED, INCLUDING DRINK CONTAINERS, EMPTY FOOD WRAPPERS AND CONDIMENTS LIKE KETCHUP AND MUSTARD. SHE SAYS FOLLOWING SAFE STORAGE PRACTICES PROTECTS PEOPLE AND THE BEARS.

RULES ABOUT BEARS ARE POSTED AT CAMPGROUNDS AND TRAILHEADS AND FREE BEAR CANISTERS CAN BE BORROWED AT FOREST OFFICES AND VISITOR CENTERS.

THE FEEDING OF BEARS – WHETHER INTENDED OR NOT – IS PROHIBITED IN THE FOREST.

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