Camping closed in Maroon Bells after bear encounters
August 18, 2014
The White River National Forest has closed all camping around Crater Lake in the Maroon Bells Wilderness until further notice.
Last weekend, there were several reports of incidents around the lake in which black bears got into hanging food bags and ripped into and destroyed tents where food was improperly stored.
Wilderness rangers responded Sunday by removing all campers from the area, closing all dispersed campsites and carrying out more than 13 pounds of food and litter.
"Visitors need to realize the long-term impact of their actions. Leaving any kind of food or attractants improperly stored in bear country can lead to serious human injury or death, and leaves Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials with little choice but to have the bear or bears put down," said district ranger Karen Schroyer.
“Visitors need to realize the long-term impact of their actions. Leaving any kind of food or attractants improperly stored in bear country can lead to serious human injury or death, and leaves Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials with little choice but to have the bear or bears put down.”
White River National Forest district ranger
Backpackers and campers in the West Maroon Creek drainage will soon be required to store all food, garbage and attractants in bear-resistant containers.
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