Bear sticks its nose into camper’s tent on Appalachian Trail. Now shelter is shut down
A curious bear stuck its nose in a camper's tent on the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey, prompting the campground to close.
The black bear encounter occurred on the evening of May 18 in Stokes State Forest at the Brink Road Shelter, Caryn Shinske, a public information officer for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, told McClatchy News.
"Due to increased bear activity, camping and drinking water access in and around," the shelter is closed indefinitely, New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites wrote on Facebook May 19. "Hikers should plan their itineraries accordingly to avoid camping at the refuge until further notice."
Shinske detailed how the bear died on March 18.
"This is the only recent human-bear interaction in the area that is known to State Park Service personnel," she noted.
According to Shinske, the property is often used by hikers who camp overnight while hiking the Appalachian Trail. The trail stretches more than 2,000 miles through 14 states.
Black bears are the largest mammal living in New Jersey, according to the state DEP.
Stokes State Forest is located in northern New Jersey about 86 miles north of Trenton.
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