Following an incident where a bear killed a hiker’s dog in the park, authorities with the Shenandoah National Park are warning hikers about increased bear activity. They want hikers to know how to react — and not react — if confronted by a bear along the Appalachian Trail or elsewhere.
SNEAD FARM FIRE ROAD AND LOOP TRAIL (8/4/16)
The Snead Farm Fire Road and Loop Trail are closed due to an incident with a mother bear and two cubs that resulted in the death of a dog. In addition to these closures, pet owners who bring their pets to the Park are asked to avoid the Dickey Ridge area. In other areas pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet.
Fluffy and Max might think they’re protecting you by barking at a bear or trying to scare it away. That’s a deadly error, unfortunately. Protect yourself and your pets when hiking.