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Tue March 30, 2004
Food Storage Debate Continues
Riverton, Wy – Rangers in northwest Wyoming's national forests are preparing for what could be a contentious first season enforcing new food storage rules.
The rules took effect this month.
They're meant to keep food away from bears in more parts of the Shoshone and Bridger-Teton national forests.
Forest officials say they're needed to reduce human and bear conflicts and make more parts of the forests safer for visitors.
But the rules have also drawn criticism and threats of litigation from several Wyoming counties. Some outfitters are also upset by them.
Forest officials, meanwhile, will begin setting up food storage boxes and poles to hang food from in campgrounds and other established areas.
They don't plan to hire additional personnel to enforce the rules, and say they'll focus on education instead of citations initially.