Bear activity closes Glacier Bay camping area

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- A bear ambling toward campers has prompted Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve officials to close camping at Reid Inlet.

The closure to overnight camping is on the east side of the inlet.

Ten kayakers put ashore on Ibach Point on Tuesday and were approached by an adult brown bear.

Despite the large size of the group and efforts to scare it away, the bear approached within about eight yards.

The bear finally veered off, but hung around and nosed through the groups' gear. Park officials said the bear left after it got bored.

The group decided to move and camped further down the beach.

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