It’s that time of year when Papa, Mama and Baby bears are foraging for food in the forest—and their favorite places just happen to be our favorite places—Cienega, Doc Long and Sulphur Canyon recreation areas. That’s according to a press release from the Forest Service.
From now until at least October, bears are digging around foraging, drinking from streams, eating food and living in their habitat.
The purpose of this upcoming closure order is to minimize the potential of a dangerous bear-human encounter.
Numerous bears are in the area are seasonally feeding on the abundant acorn crop, chokecherries, bear corn and drinking water from Sulphur Spring. Human use and entry is restricted in those areas of the Cibola National forest as shown on the map and hereby made part of the upcoming order.
Although many of us look at the mountains and trails as “ours,” we need to remember “our mountains and trails” are the home of many species of wildlife, of which we enjoy, the Forest Service said.
Closures will include:
The Sulphur Canyon, Cienega Canyon, and Doc Long picnic grounds, Doc Long Sulphur Link Trail, Sulphur Canyon Trail, Bill Spring Trail, and Upper Cienega Horse Bypass Trail, and all areas within the “closure area” of the Cibola National Forest, Sandia Ranger District, as shown on the attached map. Specific trail numbers that are closed are 148 (Cienega Spring), 196 (Bill Spring), 281 (Sulphur Canyon) and 266 (Horse Bypass, from parking lot west to Faulty Trail).