OFFICIALS: BEAR-PROOF YOUR FOOD --- OR ELSE.
Byline: Matt Purdue Special to the Daily News
Trouble's ``bruin'' in the Inyo National Forest Inyo National Forest is a federally protected forest in the United States. It is mostly located in California (1,839,887 acres / 7,445 square km.), but has a small section in western Nevada (60,656 acres / 245 square km.). this summer for hikers who don't properly tend to their bear necessities. Officials for the popular Eastern Sierra backcountry back·coun·try
A sparsely inhabited rural region. are vigorously enforcing a policy that requires backpackers to secure their food from bears throughout the forest.
Some areas are ``infested'' with black bears that find it far easier to gorge on human food than forage forage
Vegetable food, including corn and hay, of wild or domestic animals. Harvested, processed, and stored forage is called silage. Forage should be harvested in early maturity to avoid a decrease in protein and fibre content as crops mature. for themselves, said Diana Pietrasanta, a U.S. Forest Service wilderness manager in Lone Pine. The regulations are designed to keep bears from becoming habituated to people, which often has dangerous consequences for both the four-legged critters and their two-legged counterparts.
Campers must store their chow in plastic bear-proof canisters, counterbalance food bags in a tree (the traditional method) or take other bear-aware precautions precautions Infectious disease The constellation of activities intended to minimize exposure to an infectious agent; precautions imply that the isolation of an infected Pt is optional, but not mandatory. . (Few permanent metal bear boxes are available outside of the national parks This is a list of national parks ordered by nation. Africa
Violators could suffer the double-whammy of having their rations raided and getting slapped with a citation that calls for a fine of not more than $5,000 and/or six months in prison.
``Last year we were in education mode, so we wrote very few citations,'' Pietrasanta said. ``But this year I've written one and it's only June.''
Most hikers have acquiesced to the new mandate, officials said, but some have to be reminded that they are venturing into the bears' backyard, not vice versa VICE VERSA. On the contrary; on opposite sides. .
``I was on the phone arguing with a guy who didn't want the government telling him what to do in the backcountry. . . . but (the policy) is for both the bears and you,'' Pietrasanta explained. ``If we don't tell you there's a bear problem and what to do about it, your $300 tent gets ripped up, all your food gets eaten and you have to leave. And, by the end of the summer, the bear is dead.''
Along the popular Kearsarge Pass Trail through Onion Valley west of Independence, where 4,000 hikers tromped last year, backpackers are required to carry their food in bear-proof containers. Wildlife agents were forced to kill two aggressive bears there last summer, including one that tore into a camper's tent and swatted him in the face.
The 2-pound, 13-ounce canisters can be rented locally at Adventure 16 in Tarzana, (818) 345-4266 ($8 for the first day and $2 every day after that), and REI in Northridge, (818) 831-5555 ($15 first day; $4 per day afterward af·ter·ward also af·ter·wards
At a later time; subsequently.
Adv. 1. afterward - happening at a time subsequent to a reference time; "he apologized subsequently"; "he's going to the store but he'll be back here for nonmembers). They are also available at U.S. Forest Service stations in Lone Pine, Bishop and Mammoth mammoth, name for several large prehistoric elephants of the extinct genus Mammuthus, which ranged over Eurasia and North America in the Pleistocene epoch. Lakes for $5 a day or $73.50 retail plus tax.