Bear Threat Closes North Carolina Campground
The U.S. Forest Service has closed the Commissary Ridge Campground in western North Carolina because of the presence of black bears, WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, reported.
A statement from the state Division of Parks and Recreation said all U.S. Forest Service trails leading to the Commissary Ridge Campground are also closed. Mount Mitchell State Park has closed the Mount Mitchell trail and the Commissary trail beyond the Camp Alice intersection until further notice.
Officials said black bears have been active in and around the park, causing damage to vehicles and camping equipment. They said each incident is the result of improper storage of food, toiletries and trash.
Wednesday’s (Aug. 10) statement said foraging bears have been active and sometimes aggressive at the Commissary Ridge area. Bear-resistant food canisters or storage sacks are strongly advised.