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Grand Teton mandates use of bear-proof food canisters

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. ” Backcountry campers at Grand Teton National Park will be required to use bear-proof food containers as part of an effort to reduce interaction between humans and bears.

Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott said that starting Saturday park visitors camping at elevations below 10,000 feet must use approved, portable bear-proof canisters to store food.

The rule does not apply to certain designated backcountry campsites where food storage facilities are provided. Food canisters are not required for areas above 10,000 feet, but proper food storage will still be required in those locations.



Park officials said the new rule is meant to prevent bears from learning to associate humans with food that’s easy to get. There were a number of bear versus human conflicts reported last summer in the Jackson Hole area.

Bear-proof canisters are already required in Alaska’s Glacier Bay and Katmai national parks, California’s Yosemite National Park, the BLM-managed King Range National Conservation Area in northwestern California and other federally managed land areas.