Food Storage Order Expanded in Forest
Written by Andrew-Rossi on December 6, 2018
Bears are staying awake longer this year, which changes some Forest Service rules to mitigate human/bear interactions.
The Bridger Teton National Forest has temporarily expanded the food storage order in order to promote a safer environment for humans and bears. Forest visitors in the Blackrock and Jackson Ranger Districts will see a wider boundary where the proper storing, processing, transporting, and camping with food or attractants, will be enforced. The order will be in effect from now until January 15th.
Forest officials say that extending the food order helps keep Forest visitors safe by mitigating encounters where a bear might be attracted to campgrounds, trailheads, picnic sites, and other areas frequented by people.
All food and other attractants (anything with an odor) that might invite the curiosity of bear to an area must be stored safely; making sure it is kept away from the reach of a bear during the night and daytime when the area is left unattended. Attended attractants means that a person is physically present within 100-feet and in direct sight of the food or carcass.