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Bear activity closes trails, picnic areas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Increased bear activity has prompted the closure of several trails and picnic sites on the east side of the Sandia Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

The Sulphur Canyon, Cienega Canyon and Doc Long picnic grounds along with the Cienega Spring, Bill Spring, Sulphur Canyon and Trail 266 Horse Bypass from the west parking lot to Faulty Trail are closed.

A news release from the Forest Service said there have been several confirmed interactions between bears and humans recently.

“Bear activity has increased in areas where there is an abundance of water and food, likely because sustenance is scarce elsewhere,” the news release read. “Historically, these areas have provided acorns, choke cherries, and bear corn, making closures necessary at this time of the year.”

The sites may remain closed through Oct. 31.

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