According to the Deseret News, officials are shutting down campsites in Utah because of bears.
The Payson Lakes group sites and adjacent Box Lake area were closed Monday and will remain closed until the bears have been caught or bear activity diminishes.
The campsites are within the Spanish Fork Ranger District of the Uinta National Forest and are approximately 5 miles from a Mt. Nebo Scenic Byway campground closed last week because of bear sightings.
The closed sites are reservation only and no campers were in the area when the bear was sighted, officials said in a statement.
The closures may affect those with reservations beginning Wednesday.
Camping restrictions also were issued for several campgrounds in the Ashley National Forest near Vernal.
The U.S. Forest Service said black bears were sighted at the Moon Lake and Brownie Lake campgrounds. The area has been temporarily closed to campers in tents but those in campers and trailers with hard siding are allowed to camp there.
Last month, 11-year old Samuel Ives was dragged from his tent in the middle of the night and hauled away by a black bear and killed. Many have criticized how officials handled the event. Earlier that same day, another camper in that campground had a close encounter with a bear and the campground wasn’t closed.
Now with more bear activity across other campgrounds, officials don’t seem to be hesitating to shut them down.