Olympic National Park forces camping closures in Enchanted Valley after numerous bear sightings.
Temporary camping closures in Olympic National Park has limited visitors’ access to the Enchanted Valley region. The area on the west side of Olympic National Park was recently plagued with an aggressive bear presence that resulted in closures.
Olympic National Park Superintendent, Sarah Creachbaum, told reporters “Bears that eat human food come to consider people as a food source and are extremely dangerous. Sadly, bears have gotten into and consumed human food this spring in Enchanted Valley, and we have closed the area to camping.”
According to reports, visitors reported seeing a bear eating human food and waste which led to closing the area to camping, but hiking is permitted.