Bear sighting closes trail near Whiskeytown Recreation Area

A trail near Whiskeytown Lake has been closed due to concerns about a bear in the area.

Posted: Jun 25, 2019 12:33 PM

WHISKEYTOWN LAKE, Calif. - A trail near Whiskeytown Lake has been closed due to concerns about a bear in the area.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area officials announced on Facebook on Saturday that the David Gulch Trail, near the Brandy Creek campground, has been closed due to sightings of a juvenile bear looking for human food. 

The popular trail is on the south side of the lake, right next to a marina and a campground. 

Rangers first spotted the bear on June 13 and put out a call on Facebook warning people about the bear sighting. 

Officials said it's fairly uncommon for bears to be in the area as they used to be further up in the mountains. However, due to fires, park rangers said people may see more wildlife in populated areas. 

Rangers said they are working to get the bear back up into the mountains and away from populated areas. Once that is done, they will reopen the trail. 

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