|Sent on:||Tuesday, August 28, 2012 11:32 AM|
I am including everyone in the group, including those not on the mailing list, because of the importance.
The Forest Service has closed the Cienega and Sulphur Canyon picnic area due to high bear activity. Any planned hikes on the Armijo, Cienega and Sulpher Canyon trails would be affected with access from the low end trail heads blocked off.
We should also exercise caution if we enter the area from up higher via Cienega, Faulty, Oso Corredor or other trails.
Lisa didn't say so but from past years news I assume the problem is due to a high availability of acorns in those picnic areas, which are a source of food for the bears. That and the fact that a lot of folks who picnic in those areas are not typical outdoor people and don't understand why it is important not to feed bears. Then the bears get used to humans in those areas and become a danger.
Bears sometimes have to be killed because people feed them. Please don't be one of those people. Most wild black bears fear people and that's a good thing.