The bear is approaching hikers and campers in an attempt to obtain food. The bear has been seen in the Slant Rock area, which is located along the popular Phelps Trail in the Johns Brook Valley.
If you encounter a bear: do not throw your pack at them, if they are rewarded with food, they will continue this behavior. Instead, raise your arms over your head to look bigger, yell loudly at the bear as you slowly back away – do not run. Bang rocks or metal objects together for noise if possible.
Nuisance bears – black bears that have become habituated to stealing food from humans – can become increasingly brazen and aggressive. Overly aggressive nuisance bears are often shot to protect the public.
All food, toiletries and garbage should be stored in bear-resistant canisters to avoid negative encounters with bears throughout the Adirondacks.
The use of bear-resistant canisters is required for overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1 and November 30.
Map provided by Adirondack Atlas.