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KALISPELL – Glacier National Park officials temporarily closed the Rising Sun Campground to tents Sunday evening because six bears were seen feeding on elk carcasses in the area.

“We’re temporarily restricting camping at Rising Sun Campground to hard-sided units,” said park spokeswoman Amy Vanderbilt.

Park rangers spotted four grizzly bears and two black bears feeding on a pair of carcasses near the campground on the eastern edge of the park, she said.

“There has been a mother (grizzly) with two cubs of the year, and another solitary bear, then the two individual black bears, all feeding at varying times,” she said.

The winter-killed carcasses had been attracting a variety of bears for some time, but bear activity increased over the previous few days, Vanderbilt said.

Vanderbilt said 14 campers were relocated from Rising Sun Campground to the nearby St. Mary Campground on Sunday.

Field rangers consulted with District Ranger Joe Fowler before the hard-sided camper rule was put into effect, Vanderbilt said. The park will allow tent camping in the area when the bears leave.

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