Due to several black bear attacks and an incident involving a tent that was destroyed, a campground in the White River National Forest was closed, a report said. The campground is about 13 miles south of Carbondale.
The Avalanche Campground, which has six first-come-first-serve campsites, is located off of Colorado 133. The popular campground is also near the Maroon-Snowmass Wilderness’ main trailhead.
On Friday the U.S. Forest Service announced that the campground has been temporarily closed because of recent bear activity.
“Nearly all problems with black bears at campgrounds can be traced to improper food storage, which teaches bears that campgrounds mean food,” the USFS said in a news release.
The Colorado bears are currently experiencing a late-summer feeding frenzy called hyperphagia. As they prepare for hibernation in the fall, bears are constantly looking for food and eating.
According to the release, bear attacks are a reminder of the importance of properly storing food when camping.
The USFS stated that the White River National Forest has a food storage order for all its campgrounds and dispersed camping areas. This is to prevent wildlife such as black bears from obtaining food from humans.
The bear that destroyed the tent in the last incident did not cause any injuries, but there were people present.
According to the release, “There wasn’t a bear attractant like food in the tent but clearly the bear knew about campsites being a possible source of food.”
As a precaution, the campground will remain closed until at least Labor Day Weekend.