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LASSEN NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Several new areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park are now closed to backcountry camping due to black bears. The map below shows the areas involved in the closures. According to officials with the National Park, hiking and day-use is still allowed in the closed areas, and camping is allowed within the developed campgrounds.
Jim Richardson, Superintendent of Lassen Volcanic National Park, said, "We have received additional reports of human-bear interactions from outside the original closure area." Richard said they had to expand the backcountry camping closure area to prevent more "negative interactions."
There are approximately 30 black bears that live in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Visitors are asked to be "bear aware." Do not leave your pack unattended, and make noises when hiking so you do not surprise one of the bears.
Be particularly alert for bear activity near streams or vegetation. If you come upon a bear, walk away slowly. Officials with the National Park are warning people not to run or drop your pack if you encounter a bear in the backcountry.