IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service announced tent camping in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is temporarily closed after a black bear pushed a man out of his hammock.
Officials said the bear in the area is "aggressive." After pushing the man, the black bear destroyed the hammock and the sleeping bag inside.
The camper was able to retreat to his vehicle, but the bear tried to enter a tent before it was scared away. No one was injured during the incident Friday, June 10.
The U.S. Forest Service said only hard-sided vehicles are permitted to camp up Teton Canyon.
A video of the black bear interaction is included below:
On June 11, Wyoming Game and Fish placed a trap in the area, but the bear did not return to the campsite the following three nights. The trap was removed from Teton Canyon June 14.
Wyoming Game and Fish biologists are monitoring the area daily.
“Even though the bear still shows some healthy fear towards humans, its aggressiveness towards camps, tents, stationary items and food rewards is increasing, which is why we no longer feel it’s safe to camp in anything other than a hard-sided vehicle” Recreation Manager for the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Joe McFarlane said. “The canyon is still open to recreational use, but we ask people to take extreme precaution in the area.”
The U.S. Forest Service said it plans to keep the closure up Teton Canyon in place until the bear is captured or "the threat is diminished to an acceptable level of risk."
Teton Basin is considered bear country and officials ask recreationalists to bring bear spray and to be aware of the animals in the area. For more information on how to be "bear aware," click here.
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