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FOREST SERVICE RESPONDS TO BEAR SPOTTING BY CLOSING LOCAL CAMPGROUNDS
posted 08/01/2012 by wkcarroll@highland.net

Following recent sightings of bears in the area, Forest Service officials responded by closing two local campgrounds this past weekend. Great Meadows Campground was closed Saturday after a bear approached visitors to the area. Officials say that campground should reopen today (Wednesday), while Hemlock Grove Campground, also in McCreary County, was closed temporarily Sunday but reopened on Monday. In addition, Holly Bay Campground at Laurel River Lake was closed over the weekend due to bear sightings. Forest service officials are reminding visitors to the forest, its recreational areas and campgrounds to be aware of food storage precautions and remember that visitors to the Red River Gorge, Stearns Ranger District or London Ranger District are required to store food in their vehicles or to use bear-resistant containers when not cooking or eating. Burning or burying food, trash or any other bear attractant in the forest is also prohibited. For more on bear safety and food storage in the Daniel Boone National Forest, visit the Forest website. A link can be found on the HAY-98 website (www.hay98.com) under “Area Links.”


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