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Lost Mine Trail Closed

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Offline Jim

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Lost Mine Trail Closed
« on: October 12, 2018, 03:27:07 PM »
The Lost Mine trail has been closed.

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Temporary Closure of the Lost Mine Trail
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TX – Big Bend National Park is temporarily closing the popular Lost Mine Trail area due to increased bear activity.

The closure will begin the evening of October 12, and continue until further notice.

The closure includes the trail, trailhead, parking area, and north facing slope of Casa Grande Peak. Alternative areas for hiking and camping in the Chisos Mountains and throughout the park remain open to the public for normal use.
The Chisos Mountain range is home to a healthy black bear population, and this year’s rains have resulted in abundant pine and oak nut production. Bears must feed heavily during the fall months and depend upon these vital food sources to prepare for their winter denning period.

According to Superintendent Bob Krumenaker, "During this period of heightened bear activity, we want to ensure the safety of both park visitors and the bears. This is a wildlife sanctuary, so we'll give bears the space they need until they're finished feeding in this area. We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of park visitors, despite the inconvenience"

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Re: Lost Mine Trail Closed
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2018, 03:29:31 PM »
Jim, you beat me to the punch by a few seconds. There have been several Facebook postings of bears at the Lost Mine trailhead parking area recently, so I'm not surprised.

P.S. It'd be nice if the NPS were to put this under the Alerts on their webpage instead of under news releases.
https://www.nps.gov/bibe/learn/news/newsreleases.htm

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Re: Lost Mine Trail Closed
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2018, 04:04:44 PM »
Quote from: RichardM

P.S. It'd be nice if the NPS were to put this under the Alerts on their webpage instead of under news releases.
https://www.nps.gov/bibe/learn/news/newsreleases.htm

Amen, Richard!


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Re: Lost Mine Trail Closed
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 05:35:20 PM »
JP.S. It'd be nice if the NPS were to put this under the Alerts on their webpage instead of under news releases.
https://www.nps.gov/bibe/learn/news/newsreleases.htm

It's always more important to the NPS to create restrictions than to make them easily locatable when viewing the website.
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