USFS sells, rents bear canisters in NV backcountry
June 30, 2010
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – Most hikers and campers in the Sierra Nevada know they are not supposed to feed the bears. Now, the U.S. Forest Service is going to help make sure they don’t.
The Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has started selling and renting bear canisters for back-country visitors. The canisters cost $75. They rent for $2.50 a day with an $82 deposit.
Bear canisters are not required in the Humboldt-Toiyabe as they are in Yosemite National Park and the Inyo National Forest. But Forest Service officials say they are the best way to protect humans and keep the bears natural in the wild.
Agency spokeswoman Lindsay Pulliam says they are so effective that wildlife biologists have observed bears walk away from a camp once they spot the containers.