Wildlife officials: Tents OK at Island Acres after bear sightings stop

Camping restrictions have been lifted at Island Acres after runs in with a bear have quelled.

Authorities with Colorado Parks and Wildlife set two traps for the bear, but they haven’t caught it. No bear sightings have been reported in more than week.

At the end of July, authorities banned tent camping at the campground after a bear was reportedly putting its paws on recreational vehicles and pushing in on tents in the search for food.

Campers at Island Acres, a park and campground near De Beque canyon, occasionally see bears, but authorities were worried about the threat to campers when the bear returned after being shooed away.

The campground is one in a network of parks with the James M. Robb Colorado River State Parks system.

Park manager Pete Firmin said in a press release that it still is important for campers not to leave food out that bears or other wildlife could access.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife suggests campers across the state use bear-proof containers and store food in containers locked in a trunk.
Keep a clean tent and don’t bring anything inside that has an odor, which includes toothpaste, scented toiletries, gum and candles, among other items, the agency said.

For more information about living in bear country, visit the website, http://www.cpw.state.co.us/bears.


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