Grizzly sightings prompt Shoshone National Forest to ban soft-sided tents at campgrounds

  • Updated: July 8, 2013 - 9:10 PM

DUBOIS, Wyo. — Shoshone National Forest officials have temporarily banned soft-sided tents at campgrounds near Brooks Lake in far western Fremont County.

The reason is more grizzly bears than usual are being spotted in the area.

The restriction is just a precaution. Forest spokeswoman Kristie Salzmann says there are no recent reports of close encounters between people and grizzlies in the area.

The tent restriction includes the Brooks Lake and Pinnacles campgrounds halfway between Dubois and Moran Junction in Grand Teton National Park. Soft-sided tents also are prohibited along Bonneville Road.

Trailer-type campers are still allowed but forest officials say it's important for all campers to keep a clean camp. That means don't leave any food outside.

The restriction is in place until further notice.

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