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Mon November 10, 2003
Fremont County May Sue Over Food Storage
Lander, WY – Fremont county is resisting attempts by the U-S Forest Service to impose stricter rules aimed at keeping food away from bears in northwestern Wyoming's national forests. The county is considering suing the agency over the proposed food storage order. The order spells out how food, pet food, dead game animals, livestock grains and feeds, garbage and hygiene items should be stored by forest users so they don't attract bears. There is fear the proposed order is aimed at expanding grizzly territory beyound current boundaries. And there are those who simply don't want any more government regulations and say the order is not needed. Forest officials say the order is necessary to address increasing bear and human encounters and ensure visitor safety. The forest service is currently revising its food storage order in hopes of quelling opposition.