JUNEAU - Planning a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center? Here's something you should know: Leave your food and beverages behind.
The Juneau attraction has imposed a food ban to protect both people and black bears. Water, however, is allowed.
The center has become a popular bear viewing area.
Center officials said that if bears make a connection between food and humans, they become less fearful and may approach people.
The no-food policy covers the two public parking lots, sidewalks, observation platforms, bus shelters, Steep Creek trail, Photo Point trail and beach areas.
The food ban will remain until the bears leave in the fall.