Bull Trout Campground back open after being shut down for bears in the area

Map showing the area that was closed courtesy the Boise National Forest. The campground is now re-opened.

A popular campground in the Boise National Forest is back open after being closed in early August because of a couple of bears becoming accustomed to foraging in the area.

Idaho Fish and Game says one of the bears was euthanized because it had lost fear of humans, destroyed private property, and posed a potential threat to the public.

Officials say the other bear appears to have left the area.

“This year, bears appear more prone toward human contact. In spite of heavy precipitation experienced this past spring and winter, we’re finding that berry crops in traditional bear habitat have not fared well,” said Mike Feiger, Acting Lowman District Ranger in a press release. “Bears are seeking other food sources and in this campers and campgrounds are an easy and attractive source.”

The closure prompted concerns from people who had reserved campsites for the August 21 eclipse. The campground is in the path of totality.

The Forest Service says those reservations will be re-booked.

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