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Bear Activity Forces Lakeshore to Temporarily Closing Island At Night


Duluth, MN (KDAL) - The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is temporarily closing Sand Island to overnight use because of bear activity.  According to lakeshore officials, a bear on the island was exposed to human food and has been frequenting campsites and has damaged property.  The island remains open to day-use, however workers are asking patrons to make sure no food is left unattended and any bear activity is reported to the Sand Island Ranger or Park Dispatch.  In the meantime, the bear in question will be monitored and staff will work to keep it from areas frequented by people.  Lakeshore Superintendent Bob Krumenaker says (quote) “We don’t enjoy closing places to our visitors, especially on a busy holiday weekend.  However, for the safety of our visitors and the bear, we need to train the bear to be afraid of humans.”  (end quote)