NH campground closed for 2 weeks due to increased bear activity

Hold off on those vacation plans, wildlife officials announced on Wednesday that a popular New Hampshire campground will be closing for at least two weeks due to an increase in bear activity.

The Hancock Campground, which is located along the Kancamagus Highway, will be temporarily closed on August 11 at 12:00 p.m. and will remain closed until at least August 25, according to the USDA Forest Service, because of an uptick in bear sightings near the campground area.

They say this closure is in the best interest for both public and bear safety.

Violation of these orders can result in a fine of up to $5,000 for one person or $10,000 for an organization, according to authorities, and may even result in imprisonment.

Any questions about the campground closure can be directed to the Pemigewasset Ranger District at (603) 536-6100.

To learn more about how to avoid conflicts with bears while camping, click here.

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