RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- State officials have closed the family
campground at Mount Mitchell State Park through the end of the
month due to increased activity by black bears.
The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation said Friday that
rangers at the park have recently responded to complaints of bears
rummaging for food in the campground area. Such activity has
prompted the U.S. Forest Service to close campgrounds and trails in
the adjacent Appalachian Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest.
Bear sightings are often more frequent in late August and
September as they range farther for food sources in anticipation of
winter. It's hoped that closing the campground will encourage bears
to abandon the area to seek natural food sources.
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