Bear activity has increased not only in campgrounds, but in areas that do not normally receive heavy bear use.
Two extremely dry winters have decreased the available natural food sources for bears so they are looking for other food sources. While hibernating, bears enter a state of reduced body temperature, pulse rate, and respiration that conserves energy, but their "sleep" is not a deep one. Black bears leave the den periodically and continue to try to find food through winter.
WATCH FOR BEAR CROSSING ROADS!!
Bear are traveling out of their normal areas to search for food. Many have been hit and killed by vehicles. It can be difficult to see black bear at night. Slow down for wildlife!
STORE YOUR FOOD AND TRASH PROPERLY!!
Developed campsites have food storage lockers and bear-proof trashcans. Never leave food unattended at your campsite. For more information please contact the Forest Visitor Centers.