Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Great News in the King Range!

The Shelter Cove General Store is now renting out bear cans with a $50 deposit plus $20 for up to 4 days and $5/day thereafter. They are open 7 days a week 7:30am to 7:30pm. Their number is 707-986-7733; you may want to call them to verify inventory, prices, etc.

As a reminder, ALL overnight visitors in the King Range are required to have a bear can and to use it properly ($150 fine for noncompliance). ALL scented items, such as food, toothpaste, sunscreen and trash from said items needs to be stored in the bear can. Hanging food is not an option in the King Range as there are limited trees that meet the requirements for an effective food hang.

We rent out the Garcia bear can here at the BLM Project Office in Whitethorn for $5 for your entire journey. You will need a credit card and a valid drivers license (if you don’t return the bear can you will buy it). We are open Monday-Friday 8-4:30. You can also rent from the BLM Field Office in Arcata which has the same hours as the Project office here in Whitethorn: Monday-Friday 8-4:30.The Petrolia General Store on the northern end of the King Range also rents cans for $5. Their hours are Monday-Saturday 9-5:30 and Sunday from 11-5:00. You will also need a credit card but they take cash only. Their number is 707-629-3455 if you want to verify the hours or have other questions.

So far this year, 94% of the people visiting have had a bear can with them – there really is no reason for that not to be 100%, especially now that there are so many places available to rent bear cans! Please, help protect the bears in the King Range (and protect your food).

Give me a call or send me an e-mail if you have any questions,

Your Wilderness Ranger,
lostcoastranger@gmail.com; 707-986-5405

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