- Associated Press - Monday, August 31, 2015

ST. MARY, Mont. (AP) - Going-to-the-Sun Road is staying open longer as bears seeking berries have prompted a hard-sided camper rule at St. Mary Campground in Glacier National Park.

The Missoulian reports two weeks were added to the road’s schedule to account for a closure caused by a fire near St. Mary Lake earlier this summer. The road from Logan Pass to St. Mary will remain open through Oct. 4.

Park officials are also saying the number of bears seeking berries near St. Mary Campground have heightened the possibility for negative interactions between the animals and humans.

Camping in the area has been indefinitely restricted to RVs, motorhomes, trailers and other hard-sided campers.

Park spokeswoman Katelyn Liming says rangers are trying to change the bears’ behaviors by using negative reinforcement.



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Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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