Forest Service mandates bear-proof canisters

A black bear accustomed to human food and garbage runs off with a backpack at Taylor Creek Visitor Center. | Rocky Fennema, USDA Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has issued a new Forest Order that requires the proper storage of food and garbage on all National Forest System lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin starting Jan. 1, according to a press release.

The order requires all food and garbage to be stored in a container designed to prevent access by bears and other wildlife. The order also requires the use of bear canisters (hard-sided bear-proof containers) for overnight visitors to Desolation Wilderness and wildlife-resistant dumpsters and food lockers (bear boxes) provided at National Forest campgrounds. | tinyurl.com/yc2s7h9u