Bears Precaution Reminders for 2020

Sad outcome to the Lake Colden Bear Story.  Posted 7.7

Sadly, as the saying goes… “a fed bear, is a dead bear”

Lake Colden Lean-to’s are now re-opened to campers.

This report courtesy of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation — Original Post


High Peaks Wilderness: 

There has been an increase in black bear activities resulting in several incidents of campers losing food to the bears. While a number of bears are responsible for the increase activity, one large black bear with a scar on its face is entering occupied campsites and lean-tos, destroying equipment, and obtaining food from campers who have improperly stored food and/or were cooking at the campsite. Avoid losing your food and gear to a hungry bear by following these tips: Store all food, trash, toiletries, and anything else with a scent in bear resistant canisters at least 100 feet from your tent, lean-to, or sleeping area.

Immediately secure the lid on your bear canister after adding or removing items.
Cook & eat at least two hours before dark in an open area. Never cook or eat in a tent, lean-to, or sleeping area.

If you see a bear, group up, raise and wave your arms, speak in a loud voice, make loud noises by banging pots or clapping, and warn others that there is a bear nearby.

Carry bear spray, keep it readily accessible on your person at all times, and know how to use it.

Report food and gear loss and close encounters to DEC.

Click to learn how to properly handle Bear Encounters

Bear Goes for Adirondack Campers Food – Check this article out for more info!

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