Bear activity leads to new forest restrictions

2014-07-03T14:50:00Z 2014-07-07T10:03:31Z Bear activity leads to new forest restrictionsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 03, 2014 2:50 pm  • 

JACKSON, Wyo. — Increased bear activity has prompted forest managers to impose new restrictions on visitors to the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

The agency says both black and grizzly bears have increased activity throughout the northern areas of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Hikers and backcountry users should travel in groups, make noise and carry bear spray.

New restrictions also require visitors to stay 100 yards from bears on the Jackson and Buffalo Ranger Districts.

Grizzly Bears visible from roads tend to attract large crowds interested in viewing and photographing the bears. Officials say getting too close can habituate bears to human presence and increase the potential for conflicts.

The forest also is restricting camping at the Turpin Meadows Campground about 10 miles east of Moran to hard-sided campers only because of bear activity.

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