Wildlife officials: Tents banned because of bear activity at Island Acres

Sightings and runs in with a black bear at Island Acres campground have prompted officials to temporarily ban campers from staying in tents.

Campers at the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park must sleep in a hard-sided vehicle. That could include a vehicle, a recreation vehicle or a camper.

Anyone with a current reservation at Island Acres who had planned to sleep in a tent can camp at the Fruita section of the park.

The bear has been coming into the campground and pushing on tents, searching for food, according to Mike Porras spokesman from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Wildlife officials have set two traps for the bear. If it continues to elude the traps, the campground may close, Porras said.


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