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Parker Canyon Lake to be temporarily closed

Posted at 12:09 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 21:22:54-04

Parker Canyon Lake and Lakeview Campground will be temporarily closed because of black bear activity in the area, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service. 

Authorities say that several bears have frequented the campground over the last few days, raising the chance of unwanted human-bear interactions. 

The U.S. Forest Service and officials from the Arizona Game and Fish Department are working together to vacate the public from the area while the bears are trapped and removed. 

The U.S. Forest Service says black bears are attracted by human food, garbage, which could be present at the campground, the marina and surrounding homes. 

Campers and picnickers of the Coronado National Forest are encouraged to keep their recreation sites clean and free of food to prevent attracting wildlife.

The U.S. Forest Service says the lake and campground will be closed until the bears are relocated to somewhere else in the forest. 

Forest officials are expected to reopen the area to the public on Monday, June 6.