Bold bear forces closure of Glacier Bay campground

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A 12-mile stretch along Glacier Bay's east shoreline has been closed to overnight camping after a group of kayakers encountered an aggressive brown bear, National Park Service officials said Thursday.

The incident occurred Saturday at Rowlee Point in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Chief ranger Chuck Young said the shoreline is rich with salmon, and the bear might have been acting territorially when it encountered the four kayakers camped out there.

The bear made moved aggressively toward the campers despite their efforts to scare it away by yelling and standing with paddles held high.

The four got away in their kayaks and when they returned, they found their equipment had been chewed by the bear.

The incident was reported Tuesday.

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