As bears hunker down, Albert Loop Trail reopened
There’s no denying it any longer — it’s winter in the Eagle River Valley.
On Wednesday, the Albert Loop Trail at the Eagle River Nature Center was reopened following its annual fall closure. The trail has been closed by the Department of Natural Resources each fall since 1997 to reduce the chance of dangerous encounters between humans and bears, which use the platforms and beaver dams in the area to catch spawning salmon in the fall.
This year’s closure was announced Aug. 9.
Not all local bears have entered winter dens, however. Although the trail is now open, the department cautioned people that the animals could still be active.
“Be prepared to encounter a bear and be knowledgable in recognicing bear behavior and responding to an encounter,” the department wrote in Wednesday’s release.