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Apostle Islands' Outer Island Temporarily Closed for Bear Activity

The Outer Island is being temporarily closed due to bear activity. The Outer Island is being temporarily closed due to bear activity.  |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Baihly Warfield
Updated: August 16, 2019 04:17 PM

BAYFIELD, Wis. - Outer Island, part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, is being temporarily closed due to bear activity. 

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The National Park Service said one resident bear is frequenting public areas and "has exhibited behavior that indicates it is not afraid of humans." 

The closure went into effect at 4 p.m. Friday and includes all day use and overnight use, including visiting the light station grounds. 

Rangers will re-evaluate the closure weekly and decide when to reopen day and overnight use. 

Visitors are reminded to secure all food and any other items with an odor such as deodorant or water bottles. The Park Service said if a bear comes to a campsite, you should make yourself look large, throw objects, bang pots, and yell. 

Outside of a developed area, rangers suggest calmly walking away while facing the bear, speaking quietly and acting passively. 

Any bear activity should be reported to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore headquarters at (715) 779-3398, extension 2. 

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