Revised Food Storage Regulations Implemented in 2016

(Cody, Wyo.) - Minimizing conflicts between people and bears is the focus of a revised food storage order which expands requirements for storing food on portions of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and for the entire Shoshone National Forest. These changes took effect on June 14, 2016. The new order, which will replace an existing order that was implemented in 2004, was signed on June 14, 2016 by Forest Supervisors Tricia O'Connor and Joe Alexander of the Bridger-Teton and Shoshone National Forests, respectively. Based on a growing number of human-bear conflicts, the new order is aimed at promoting the safety of forest visitors by minimizing those incidents, which have increased in recent years due to the expansion of grizzly bears outside the grizzly bear recovery area and a growing number of conflicts with both black and grizzly bears across the region. The order expands the area that requires food and other attractants be properly stored or hung so that they are not available to bears. The new order will expand existing food storage requirements to cover the entire Shoshone National Forest. On the Bridger-Teton National Forest it expands the area to include the southern Wind River Range on the Pinedale Ranger District so that it includes all of the Blackrock, Jackson and Pinedale Ranger Districts, and the northern portion of the Big Piney Ranger District, including all of the Teton, Gros Ventre and Bridger Wilderness areas. *Feature photo: Grizzly in Yellowstone (h/t AlbertHerring via Wikimedia Commons / Pitchengine Communities* #reboot #county10 #news