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Another New Hampshire Campground Closes Due to Increased Bear Activity

Another campground in New Hampshire’s White Mountains is closing due to increased bear activity. 

“Due to an increase in bear activity, and for public safety, the USDA Forest Service has issued a closure order for Hancock Campground located on the Kancamagus Highway in Lincoln, NH,” the Forest Service said in a statement.

According to a report, the campground will be closed starting today,  August 11, and will remain closed until August 25. 

Recently, the Forest Service warned of high bear activity at Hancock and Big Rock campgrounds, saying at least one bear received a food reward and then tore a tent apart. 

Last March, a bear showing no fear of humans prompted the closure of the Fourth Iron Campground for a couple of weeks.

Wildlife officials say the bears are extraordinarily active in the region this summer. One reason could be the absence of rain, forcing bears to move around because their traditional food sources aren’t as abundant.

Campers are advised to store food and trash properly or risk getting a fine.

As per the U.S. Forest Service, campers and hikers can avoid conflicts with bears by maintaining a clean campsite and storing food, garbage, and aromatic items, like toothpaste and other toiletries, out of reach of bears and not in tents or unsecured at campsites.

If car camping, campers are advised to keep all food and coolers in a building or vehicle with the doors locked, and windows rolled up.

For more information, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/whitemountain

This story originally appeared on CBS. Featured image from U.S. Forest Service – White Mountain National Forest.

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February 16, 2024 2:00 pm

Just a heads up if you’re planning a trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. It’s smart to stay updated on campground closures due to heightened bear activity. Let’s stay safe and explore other camping options or activities in the area. What are your thoughts on this?

February 21, 2024 11:33 pm

Have you heard about the USDA Forest Service’s intriguing advice on properly storing food to prevent bear encounters in the area? It’s a thought-provoking reminder to respect wildlife and ensure safety for everyone. Let’s all do our part to keep both humans and animals safe.


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