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Mendenhall Lake campers warned to properly secure food from foraging bears

Posted: July 4, 2014 - 12:00am

JUNEAU — Several campers at the Mendenhall Lake Campground have recently learned that illegally storing food in their tents is an irresistible attraction for bears — and have the shredded tents to prove it. So far, only property damage has resulted, but improper food storage creates the potential for habituation, human-bear conflicts and an increased risk of personal injury.

The Tongass National Forest reminds all Mendenhall Lake campers that food must be secured in approved storage locations at all times. Approved storage locations include locked vehicles or bear-resistant storage boxes, which campers can borrow for free from the campground host. Due to the increasing number of incidents, enforcement is being stepped up. Campers who fail to secure their food from bears may be cited, removed from the campground or both.

For more information, contact the Juneau Ranger District at 586-8800.

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