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Idaho camper feels bear's mouth on foot; Fish and Game closes campgrounds

Idaho Fish and Game says the forest has closed all camping along the North Fork Road. (File Photo)

The Sawtooth National Forest has closed camping along a popular camping destination near Ketchum after a rash of bear activity.

Idaho Fish and Game says the forest has closed all camping along the North Fork Road. The bear activity started Wednesday morning when a bear awoke campers and was later chased off. The next night, Fish and Game says, a camper woke up to feeling pressure on her right foot from the bear's mouth.

She yelled and the bear ran off.

“She wasn’t injured,” said Fish and Game Conservation Officer Alex Head. “The sleeping bag was not damaged, but it did leave some saliva on the sleeping bag.”

Backpacking from the associated trailheads and day use is still allowed but officials are warning folks to use caution.

Fish and Game officers set a culvert trap on July 14 and another one Saturday morning. Overnight camping in the area will likely remain closed until the bear is captured.

Although food was not the cause of this bear coming into camp, officials remind campers to store food in vehicles or away from sleeping area in hard sided containers to avoid attracting wildlife into their camps.

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