Black bear seen at Aspen’s Difﬁcult Campground
May 25, 2012
ASPEN – The U.S. Forest Service is temporarily banning the use of tents and fabric trailers or campers in one campground near Aspen following multiple sightings of a black bear there in the past week.
The bear was sighted at Difficult Campground, about six miles east of Aspen, prompting the temporary ban.
Forest Service officials say that to minimize the potential for attracting bears, campers must keep unattended food and coolers in a bear box or locked vehicle, and all garbage must be disposed of in trash containers. Food and cooking equipment should be stored in enclosed vehicles when not in use, and people shouldn’t take food into tents. They also say to leave clothing worn during food preparation in a vehicle and to set up camp away from cooking areas.