Tucson, AZ, November 16, 2016 - For Immediate Release. The Old Baldy Trail and Super Trail, on the Nogales Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, have been reopened.
The trails had been closed due to black bear-human interactions in the area. A nuisance bear reportedly approached hikers in a menacing manner on several occasions. Bear activity has decreased since the trail was closed. Visitors are encouraged to remain vigilant, as black bears live in the vicinity and their behavior can be unpredictable.
Forest visitors are reminded to avoid all contact with wildlife, if possible. Food and trash are strong attractants to bears. Recent activity has been food-related. If bears are seen in the distance, it is advisable for hikers to change their route. If approached by a bear, individuals should discourage contact by looking large and imposing, waving arms or a jacket, making loud noises, and giving the bear an opportunity to leave the area. If the animal does not leave, visitors should stay calm, face the animal, and slowly back away. Running should be avoided, and one should never play dead in the presence of a bear.
Black bears usually avoid people, but are attracted to human food and trash. Recreationists are encouraged to be “bear aware” by doing to following:
- Maintain situational awareness.
- Maintain a clean camp or picnic site.
- Keep food items in airtight containers, and properly dispose of fruit and food scraps.
- Stow food, pet food, trash and picnic coolers out of sight and out of smell-range of bears.
- Utilize bear-proof food and trash receptacles where provided.
- Wash and stow cooking utensils immediately following use.
- Do not take odorous items (toothpaste, lotions, etc.) or clothing used while cooking into tents.
- Keep pets leashed.
- Avoid contact with bears and other wildlife.
Bear sightings should be reported immediately to Arizona Game and Fish Department at (623) 236-7201, 24-hours-a-day, seven days-a-week.
source: Coronado National Forest News Release