TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE - RULES OF BEHAVIOR AROUND BEARS


TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE - RULES OF BEHAVIOR AROUND BEARS

Temporary Road Closure
 Due to deteriorating road conditions on parts of Sawyer Lake Road, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed the portion of Sawyer Lake Road between Milltail Road and Butler Road. The closure begins today, April 2. Work towards getting the road repaired is underway. But the length of closure is unknown.
 
Soil beneath Sawyer Lake Road is a peat material that is rotting out and causing numerous portions of the road to cave in, posing a danger to drivers and passengers. What looks like a small surface hole is often quite large below the exterior.
 
Visitors may use an alternative route by driving further south on Milltail Road to Sandy Ridge Road (first right past Sawyer Lake Road), Sandy Ridge Road to Butler Road, and then Butler Road back to Sawyer Lake Road.

Rules of Behavior Around Bears
 

Bear activity on the refuge increases beginning at the end of May and continues steadily through November before it really slows down.

Bears acclimated to having humans around and may become unafraid of approaching people.

It’s important to remember that no matter how cute or calm a bear might appear one minute, things can change instantly.

For your safety, as well as the bear’s do not approach bears.

Do not feed bears

Do not do anything that would cause the bear to change its behavior.

Young bears (cubs) are out on the refuge. Do not get between a sow (mother) and her cubs. Please take extra caution when driving on refuge roads.

For more information go to this link,  https://bearwise.org/bear-safety-tips/bear-encounter/