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Release Date: 08/14/13
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

BLM Rawlins Reopens Prior Flat Campground

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office is reopening the upper loop of the Prior Flat Campground located in the Shirley Mountains approximately 30 miles northwest of Medicine Bow, Wyo. which was closed during the weekend as a safety precaution due to potential bear encounters.  

Wardens with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department set a bait trap in an attempt to capture and relocate a black bear in the area which had been getting into garbage cans in the campground. While the bear was not located, the threat has appeared to have passed says BLM Rawlins Assistant Field Manager Tim Novotny, “We believe a black bear legally harvested just three miles from the campground last week to be the same bear we were attempting to trap and relocate.”  

Be Bear Aware signs have been posted at the campground which encourage recreationists, “Do not feed the bears, do not store food in sleeping area, secure food and garbage, and keep a clean camp.”  

The Prior Flat Campground contains 15 free campsites on roughly nine acres surrounded by Aspen, limber pine, lodgepole pine, big sagebrush, and shrubs, grasses and forbs. Pronghorn antelope, mule deer, elk, coyotes, Greater Sage-grouse, and golden eagles can often be seen. A list of campsites managed by the BLM Rawlins Field Office can be found online at:  

Note to Editor: Pictures of Prior Flat Campground and bear warning signs are available online at:  

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 08-15-2013