PUBLISHED: 4:47 PM on Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center has instituted a "no food" policy at the visitor center complex to protect both people and area black bears. No food or beverages, other than water, will be permitted on the visitor center complex. This policy covers the two public parking lots, sidewalks, observation platforms, bus shelters, Steep Creek trail, Photo Point trail, and beach areas around the center. This restriction will remain in place until the bears depart the area in the fall.
The Mendenhall has become a popular bear viewing area. If bears make a connection between human food and humans, they become less fearful and may approach people for food. The most common reason bears are killed is that they have made this connection and pose a danger to people. A fed bear is a dead bear; the bears always lose.