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Classification Procedures for Campground Problem Bears (File #131.1)

Class 1 - Campgrounds with Chronic or Serious Recent Bear Problems

  1. Procedures
    1. Education
      Begins at time of registration. Stress to booth personnel to discuss and hand out to every registrant a "Bear Warning and Guidelines." Ask them to read it and if they understand it. Ask them to initial the handout.
    2. Cleanliness
      1. Individual Sites
        Request campers to keep sites as clean as possible. Keep food and coolers secure and out of site. All garbage to recycle center as soon as possible.
      2. Recycle Centers
        (See Appendix)
  2. Implementation of Policies
    1. From campground opening to closing.
    2. From identification of chronic or serious problem to closing.
  3. Camper Infractions
    1. First warning was at registration with acknowledgment of reading and understanding the "Bear Warning and Guidelines"
    2. Second warning is site visit and serious instructions that it is the final warning. Write "Second Warning" on permit and sign.
    3. Eviction. Make sure an ECO accompanies you to write a ticket at time of eviction.
  4. Bureau of Wildlife and Law Enforcement
    Contact regional wildlife manager and Environmental Conservation Officer for assistance and they will target resources to Class 1 campgrounds.

Class 2 - Campgrounds with No Serious Recent or Frequent Bear Problems, but that are in an Area Where Bear Problems Could Easily Start, Judging by the Close Proximity of Bear Populations

  1. Procedures
    1. Education
      Begins at time of registration. Have a supply of "Bear Warning and Guidelines" to hand out to campers if they have questions or to help the booth attendant explain camping practices to prevent bear problems starting.
    2. Cleanliness
      1. Individual Sites
        Monitor campers for keeping sites clean. All garbage to recycle center as soon as possible.
      2. Recycle Centers
        (See Appendix)
  2. Implementation of Policies
    1. Education and Cleanliness
      From campground opening to closing.
    2. Severity of Problem
      If a problem develops with coolers being hit and/or frequent sightings of a bear or bears, then contact working circle supervisor for a decision on whether to go to a Class 1 situation.
  3. Camper Infractions
    1. First warning is a site visit with handout of "Bear Warning and Guidelines" with a request for camper to read, understand, and initial the handout.
    2. Second warning is a site visit and serious instructions that it is the final warning. Write "Second warning" on permit and sign.
    3. Eviction. Make sure an ECO accompanies you to write a ticket at time of eviction.

APPENDIX

Recycle Centers

  1. Limit and "Enforce" hours when campers are allowed to bring in garbage, with a serious penalty for anyone leaving garbage at the recycle center during closed hours (as garbage left outside brings animals directly to the facility at night).
  2. Have staff available to process and store garbage at the end of public hours, so that no garbage is left in bags at the end of business hours.
  3. Keep the facility as clean as possible to prevent odor.
  4. Move garbage out of the facility as often as possible.
  5. Make sure all outside containers such as dumpsters are kept clean. Double bagging garbage would be helpful by keeping dumpsters clean, therefore decreasing needed cleaning after the initial cleaning each season. Dumpsters and other outside containers should be kept with tops secured to exclude raccoons and birds which spread garbage (and attraction odors).
  6. The recycle center building should be closed as tightly as possible (windows and doors) whenever not open to the public.
  7. With the windows and doors closed at the end of each business day put an open can or two of an odor killing agent, such as Shot Rock, inside of each door to kill any odors escaping the building (staff should air out building thoroughly each morning before starting work).
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