THORNTON — Officials with the White Mountain National Forest Service say “ongoing bear activity” has forced the closure of a popular camping area in Thornton.
The U.S. Forest Service announced Sunday the Tripoli Road campground area in Thornton off Exit 31 on Interstate 93 would be temporarily closed to campers due to bear activity and public safety concerns.
“Forest Service District staff have been working to deter the bears from the area, while educating campers about the importance of storing food properly,” reads a post on the U.S. Forest Service — White Mountain National Forest Facebook page. “Unfortunately, the bears have received “food rewards” which has created an unsafe situation.”
Officials stress the Tripoli Road site will remain open for all other recreation opportunities during the camping closure.
Other White Mountain National Forest campgrounds in the area include Russell Pond Campground, Osceola Vista Campground (group camping), Waterville Valley Campground and Campton Campground. There are also multiple private campgrounds in the area.
Forest rangers recommend campers:
Store food properly in closed/locked vehicles or bear containers;
Keep a clean campsite to ensure bears and other animals don’t forage for food;
Put coolers and food containers in vehicles when finished with them.
And place trash in the bear proof dumpsters.