Bear shuts down Ketchum camp-site

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KETCHUM, Idaho (KMVT/KVST) The Sawtooth National Forest has closed multiple campgrounds near Ketchum because of a bear.

The campgrounds along Forest Road 146 and 452, otherwise known as the North Fork Road, closed this week after a bear twice disturbed campers. The closure includes Murdock and Caribou Campgrounds.

One of the days a camper woke to find her foot in a bear's mouth. She yelled and the bear ran off.

"She wasn't injured," said Alex Head, an Idaho Fish and Game conservation officer in a release on the Department's Facebook page. "The sleeping bag was not damaged, but it did leave some saliva on the sleeping bag."

The Department of Fish and Game is working to capture the bear. They say overnight camping in the area will likely remain closed until the bear is captured.

Hiking is still allowed in the area, but the department is encouraging people to use caution and be "bear aware." Though food was not the cause of this particular bear incident they are reminding people to store food in vehicles or in hard sided containers away from where they are sleeping.

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