Fort Simcoe State Park Closed Because of Bear Activity
A popular camping area in White Swan will be closed until at least September after park officials say people were getting too close to a group of black bears that live in the area.
Up to nine black bears have been spotted in Fort Simcoe State Park.
It is mating season for the bears which makes them extra territorial.
Park officials say the problem wasn't the bears approaching people--but people approaching the bears trying to get pictures of the animals. Some campers got as close as thirty feet before the bear began hitting the ground to mark his territory.
Washington State Parks is working with the Yakama nation to safely relocate the bears. The park service is hoping to have Fort Simcoe open again within the next few weeks.