Bear incidents cause camping closure

Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2003

GLACIER BAY (AP) Brown bear incidents have forced an emergency closure to overnight camping in a section of Glacier Bay National Park.

Park Deputy Superintendent Jed Davis said Tuesday that the drainage area between Wolf Point and Westdahl Point in the East Arm of Glacier Bay will be closed until further notice.

A brown bear damaged camping and kayaking gear in three incidents at Wolf Point during May, July and August, Davis reported. In each case, the bear was clearly aware of campers nearby and did not run away when hazed with loud noises and yelling. In one incident, the bear returned and charged the campers as they were leaving the area.

Davis advises all campers and kayakers to be aware that the bear may be attracted to people and their gear. Wolf Point also is a known salmon-spawning area during August and September.

More information on the closure and tips on how to camp safely in bear country are available through the park's Visitor Information Center in Bartlett Cove or by calling (907) 697-2627.

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