Dillon Ranger District issues mandatory food storage order
The Dillon Ranger District issued a Forest Order on Wednesday through Oct. 1, 2018, for several developed campground and dispersed camping areas requiring mandatory storage of food, garbage and other items that attract bears.
The order, to protect visitors from conflicts with bears and to protect wildlife from habituation and possible destruction of problem animals, is posted on kiosks at the entrance of each campground. The specific areas include Rock Creek, Peru Creek and Keystone Gulch drainages.
Unattended food, garbage or other attractants — including animals harvested from hunting/fishing, stoves and cooking utensils as well as coolers — must be stored when not being used. Those methods include a bear-resistant container, food locker (available at Blue River and Cataract Campground by early June), a closed and locked vehicle, properly hung in a tree at least 10 feet off the ground and 4 feet from the tree trunk or branches.
Violations of the food storage order could be punishable by a fine of $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for an organization or imprisonment for up to six months, or both. Forest Service personnel can consider the circumstances of the situation and elect to give a warning notice or educate visitors of the importance for proper storage. The special order applies to only these locations, but food storage in all areas of the district is strongly encouraged to all campers and backpackers.
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