ASPEN, Colorado — The White River National Forest is ordering campers to properly secure food and trash at some recreation sites to keep bears away.
The Aspen Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1b06xgI ) the food storage order was issued Sunday for all developed recreation sites in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, including campgrounds off Independence Pass. The order also applies to campgrounds in the Crystal and Fryingpan valleys. Violators could be fined.
The order was issued after campers reported a string of bear encounters in May.
The order requires food, coolers, and cooking equipment and utensils to be secured when unattended or not in use. Trash must be properly stored when campers leave the site or after dark. Coolers can't be left out unattended.
Information from: Aspen Daily News, http://www.aspendailynews.com