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Contact: Kevin Moore, 435-719-2120
The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that beginning May 1, 2014 all overnight backcountry permit holders for Upper Salt and Salt-Horse backcountry zones in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park will be required to store food and beverages, food and beverage containers, garbage, and all other scented items at least 100 feet from camp in a hard-sided, bear-resistant container.
Containers must be approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. A list of approved hard-sided models can be found here.
Black bears wander into the park from nearby mountains as they forage for food and water, often over long distances. Some bears are naturally more aggressive than others, but bears that obtain and become habituated to human food can be very dangerous.
Park officials encourage all visitors traveling through the region's backcountry to plan ahead in order to ensure they can properly secure all items that may attract bears and other wildlife.