DEC warns about bears in High Peaks

An injured bear cub perches in a tree alongside state route 3 in Vermontville on July 28. (Provided photo — Dianalyn Finn Martin)

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning visitors to the High Peaks Wilderness of bear activity in several areas.

In its weekly Outdoor Recreation Bulletin, the department says hikers and campers should take precautions to avoid run-ins with bears.

The DEC says there is “high bear activity from Marcy Dam through Avalanche Pass to Lake Colden and Uphill (lean-tos and) campsites.” The department says campers should use bear canisters to hold food and other items that may smell of food, cook away from sleeping areas and store food away from sleeping areas.

The bulletin also says that paddlers should avoid Spider Creek at Follensby Clear Pond due to the state Department of Transportation replacing a culvert, and that access to Boreas Ponds via the Gulf Brook Road is still affected by road work. The road is closed Monday through Friday to vehicles, and pedestrians may use the road during the week but need to be careful around work crews and sites. The road is open to the Fly Pond Gate parking area on Saturdays and Sundays.