Pushy bear prompts officials to ban tent camping at James M Robb Colorado River State Park

PALISADE, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say a bear has been visiting a campground in James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park.

The Daily Sentinel reports the bear sightings have prompted officials to temporarily ban visitors from staying in tents at the park's Island Acres campground.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras says a hungry black bear looking for food has been pushing on tents and placing its paws on campers at Island Acres.

Campers there are being told to sleep in a hard-sided vehicle like an RV instead.

"We're being cautious. This bear hasn't hurt anyone yet. We're trying to address the problem before it occurs," park manager Pete Firmin told the Sentinel.

Wildlife officials have set two traps for the bear.

Porras says the campground may close if the bear continues to elude the traps.

"This bear has become increasingly active," he said. "The fact that while people did shoo it away and it came back means it is losing its natural fear of humans. In most cases, the bear can be shooed away and hopefully you never see it again."

James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park is located in De Beque Canyon off Interstate 70 near Grand Junction.

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