Deer Lake Roadside Park reopened

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The  Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has reopened the Deer Lake Roadside  Park along M-28 in Alger County as of 9 a.m. today. The park had been closed  since Tuesday, July 29, because of a nuisance bear in the area. 
  
Newberry Transportation Service Center Manager Pete Paramski said MDOT regretted  any inconvenience caused by the closure. Keeping  visitors safe and assuring they have a pleasant experience are the foremost  goals of MDOT, Paramski said.
 
Staff from the  Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) attempted to trap and relocate  the black bear that had reportedly been raiding garbage cans at the park. As of  this morning, those attempts have been unsuccessful.
 
We  have had a higher number of nuisance bear complaints in recent weeks than what  we would typically see at this point in the summer,”  said  DNR Wildlife Biologist Brian Roell. Due  to the late start to spring the berry crop is behind schedule, which is leading  to bears looking for other food sources, including trash and bird feeders. That  is apparently what is happening at Deer Lake.

The  DNR will now request permission from local landowners to place the trap in a  nearby location on private land, allowing the park to remain  open.

 
The  bear has not acted aggressively toward humans, but letting a bear become  accustomed to people and manmade sources of food can lead to problems down the  line, so we do hope that with landowner cooperation we will be successful in  trapping and relocating this bear, Roell said.
 
Residents  experiencing trouble with nuisance bears on private property should contact the  nearest DNR office for assistance. If Deer Lake Roadside Park visitors witness a  bear in the park, they should call the DNR’s 24-hour hotline at  800-292-7800. 
 

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