Kywilderness.com Discussion => General Discussion => Topic started by: Arthur on August 02, 2012, 05:27:40 PM
Forest Service campgrounds reopen, food storage orders to be enforced
WINCHESTER, Ky., August 2, 2012 – Holly Bay Campground at Laurel River Lake reopened on Thursday after being closed due to black bear activity. The campground closed last Saturday after a bear approached campers and raided a cooler for food.
The Great Meadows Campground in McCreary County will reopen on Friday. This area was also closed last Saturday after a bear closely approached visitors.
After closing the campgrounds and removing food and trash, the bears are believed to have moved outside of the campgrounds at this time.
Forest Service law enforcement officials, along with state and federal biologists, will continue to monitor the campgrounds for bear activity.
“The food storage orders will be enforced in our campgrounds and picnic areas,” said Forest Supervisor Frank Beum with the Daniel Boone National Forest.
“These orders were put into place to help ensure public safety and prevent negative encounters with bears.
“It’s extremely important that our visitors comply with the food storage orders to ensure their safety and the safety of others,” added Beum.
When camping or picnicking on national forest lands in the Red River Gorge, Stearns Ranger District and London Ranger District, visitors must store food inside their vehicle or in a bear-resistant container when not cooking or eating. Burning or burying food, trash or any other bear attractant is also prohibited.
Backcountry campers, outside of developed campsites, must suspend food and garbage at least 10 feet off the ground and four feet away from the tree or pole used for suspension.
A bear attractant is defined as any substance having an odor that may attract bears. Food, cooking grease, toothpaste, soap and garbage are considered attractants.
“We realize that the food storage orders are a big change for many of our visitors who are not used to such requirements, especially when camping in developed recreation areas, but compliance with the orders will help visitors avoid problems with bears,” said Beum.
Bear encounters on national forest lands should be reported to the nearest U.S. Forest Service office or to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. In an emergency, call 911.
Public Affairs Specialist
Daniel Boone National Forest
1700 Bypass Road
Winchester, KY 40391