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September 5, 2013

Bears are roaming in national forest

Bears continue to be active on the White Mountain National Forest.

There have been numerous incidents of bears looking for food in several areas of the forest, especially in the area east of Interstate 93.

Bears have been rummaging through coolers, crawling into tents and underneath shelters, and reaching food in improperly hung storage bags at several campgrounds, including Sugarloaf I and II, Hancock, Campton, and Tripoli campgrounds, and along trails in the area.

Properly store all food, including drink containers, condiments like ketchup and mustard, and empty food wrappers.

Read the rules and signs about bears posted at campgrounds and trailheads, and follow the instructions on how to properly store food. Free bear canister rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis at all of national forest offices and visitor centers.

Bears that get too used to people may have to be trapped and relocated or even killed. Remember, “A fed bear is a dead bear.”

The feeding of bears, intentional or unintentional, is prohibited on the White Mountain National Forest.

Visitors who have not properly stored their food risk their own safety and receiving a citation. Following safe food storage practices protects both people and the bears.

It is an individual’s responsibility to ensure personal safety and that of future campers by not purposefully or inadvertently feeding bears.

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