Bear activity closes forested area next to Russian River Ferry

Posted: Sunday, July 04, 2010

The forested area between the Russian River Ferry entrance, the Kenai River and the Sterling Highway has been closed to public entry to reduce the risk of human-bear encounters.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Acting Manager Erin Williams announced the measures Friday. The closure has been enacted due to bear activity in the immediate area.

The closure encompasses approximately 29 acres near the Russian River Ferry. The closure includes all lands in the described area more than 25 feet from the Kenai River.

An accumulation of salmon carcasses along the banks of these rivers has attracted at least five bears to this small area.

People who enter the closed area are subject to apprehension and citations.

All fishermen are asked and encouraged to either take fish out whole, or to follow "Stop, Chop and Throw" practices. This simple action of breaking or chopping and tossing fish carcasses into deep, fast flowing waters will reduce the number of fish remains which wash up on the riverbanks and decrease those bear attractants.

-- Staff report

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