In the past week, visitors have reported numerous incidents of bears looking for food at the Sugarloaf, Hancock, Campton and Tripoli campgrounds, as well as along several trails on the Pemigewassett Ranger District east of Interstate 93, the forest service said.
Visitors are advised to keep clean campsites to ensure that bears and other animals don’t search them for food.
The forest service is urging visitors to properly store all food, including drink containers, condiments like ketchup and mustard, and empty food wrappers. Backcountry campers should hang their food bags at least 10 feet off the ground and 5 feet out from a tree limb that could support a bear. The use of bear-resistant containers also is encouraged.
The feeding of bears, intentional or unintentional, is prohibited in the White Mountain National Forest. Visitors who have not properly stored their food risk their own safety and receiving a citation, the forest service said.
Cogburn, Wunderwald win Mt. Washington race
PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts man and a Rhode Island woman have won the top prizes in a bicycle race to the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast.
Twenty-seven-year-old Cameron Cogburn of Cambridge, Mass., and 42-year-old Silke Wunderwald, of Hopkinton, R.I., were the fastest man and woman in Saturday’s Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.
Cogburn reached the summit in 50 minutes, 48 seconds.
Wunderwald finished the race in one hour, 9 minutes and 56 seconds.
More than 600 bicyclists were expected to compete.