Camping restrictions lifted at Island Acres

Camping restrictions have been lifted at Island Acres after run-ins 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 a 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 in 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 within 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 out food for bears or other wildlife to access.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife suggests campers across the state use bear-proof containers and store food locked in a trunk. Bears have been known to get into unlocked vehicles.

Campers also are advised to keep smelly items out of tents, including 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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