From July 21 to 23, New York State Forest Rangers and staff at North-South Lake Campground in the hamlet of Haines Falls in Greene County in the Catskills conducted a targeted black bear compliance detail.
The Rangers and campground staff reminded campers not to keep food in their tents or tent trailers, and to keep campsites clean and free of garbage.
Campers were advised that when not being used, all food and coolers should be kept in vehicles with a hard top or in a bear-resistant storage container. Campers should also remove all garbage from their campsites immediately after meals, especially after dinner.
The intentional or unintentional feeding of bears is illegal in New York and can result in tickets and eviction from the campground.
Over the weekend, Rangers inspected 278 sites, issued 15 warnings to campers, and observed six bears.
Photo of a black bear by Pete Patrick.