- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has banned camping indefinitely at the gateway to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness because of ongoing conflicts between humans and bears.

The Aspen Times reports (https://bit.ly/1T5eo2D ) that the closure affects 11 sites at Crater Lake near Aspen. It doesn’t affect day hikers or backpackers passing through the area.

Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer says that the White River National Forest supervisor’s office worked on an emergency closure after bear sightings last weekend. She says a bear and her cubs that invaded at least one campsite looking for food displayed little fear after people threw rocks at them and banged pots to scare them.

Schroyer says wildlife officials will try to ward off bears this weekend with non-lethal methods such as Tasers and firing rubber buckshot and beanbags.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, https://www.aspentimes.com/


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