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BLM Closes Trail After Bear Encounter
A trail north of Fairbanks has been closed after a bear approached a family picking berries.
FAIRBANKS- A trail north of Fairbanks has been closed after a bear approached a family picking berries.
The Table Top Mountain Trail in the White Mountains National recreation Area has been closed. The Bureau of Land Management shuttered the trail about 45 miles northeast of Fairbanks while it investigates.
Officials say a large grizzly approached the family several times and wasn't scared away when the father shot several warning shots over the weekend.
The family, including two small children, left their camp, but the bear followed them down the trail. Authorities say the bear charged the father, who fired his last two shots at the bear. It's not known if the shots hit the bear. He reported the shooting as required.