Under the authority of Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 1, Section 1.5(2), the Superintendent may impose conditions or restrictions on a use or activity (for the maintenance of public health and safety, protection of environmental or scenic values, and/or protection of natural or cultural resources).
Current conditions applied to the use of hard sided bear containers (BRC) in the backcountry of Canyonlands National Park established under 36 CFR, Part 1.5(a)(2) requires all food and beverages, food and beverage containers, garbage and all other scented items must be stored in a hard sided Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) approved bear resistant container for the Salt Creek designated campsites and Salt/Horse at large backcountry zone from March 15 through November 30.
New conditions established by this action are as follows: all food and beverages, food and beverage containers, garbage and all other scented items must be stored in a hard sided Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) approved bear resistant container for the Salt Creek, Lost Canyon, Squaw Canyon, and Big Spring Canyon designated campsites and the Salt/Horse, Lavender/Davis, and Butler West Side at large backcountry zones from June 25, 2018 through November 30, 2018.
This action to expand the BRC requirement is to reduce potential for wildlife-human interactions and prevent wildlife access to human food and garbage in backcountry zones frequented by bears. Drought conditions have increased bear activity in these areas of the park earlier and at greater frequency than observed in recent past years. So far in 2018 the park has received public and park staff reports of bear sightings and signs of bears (scat, tracks and tree rubs) in Salt Creek below the confluence with Horse Canyon, Horse Canyon, Lost Canyon, Squaw Canyon, Elephant Canyon, Lavender Canyon and Chesler Wash.
/s/ Scott Brown
for Kate Cannon