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Bear activity closes island in Apostle Island National Lakeshore

APOSTLE ISLAND, WI (WTAQ) - The head of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore says it might be a week-or-two before Sand Island re-opens.

The island was closed to overnight camping on Monday, when a bear stole people’s food at campsites. Then on Wednesday, a bear jumped in-and-out of a boat where food was left in a cooler. That was along a beach on the island.

Lakeshore Superintendent Bob Krumenaker said the animal is assertive – and he’s not afraid of going where people are.

If confronted, the bear will run away – but Krumenaker says he won’t be gone for very long.

Cameras have been installed to monitor the bear activity on Sand Island.

Krumenaker said the closure might be longer than other similar closings on the Apostles in the past. He said other islands have re-opened too early, and they had to close again when the bears returned.

Also, he said the federal budget sequester leaves the islands with fewer workers to educate campers on storing food to prevent bears from visiting.

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