A significant increase in bear sightings closes LANL trails. Courtesy image
Just before noon today, Los Alamos National Laboratory warned employees to watch out for bears and keep off the outdoor trails inside the lab perimeter until notified otherwise. The following memo to all employees from the Communications Office was obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post:
All Laboratory trails are closed
Due to a significant increase in bear sightings and encounters, the Laboratory has closed all trails on Laboratory property until further notice. Employees are urged to stay off all trails, especially those near the Wellness Center, and be particularly cautious around Laboratory dumpsters and refuse areas. Several bear sightings and encounters have occurred around dumpsters as bears forage for food in garbage.
Employees should be equally vigilant and exercise extreme caution as they enjoy the outdoors across the Pajarito Plateau and Jemez Mountain areas.
To report a bear sighting on LANL property, call the Laboratory Emergency Operations Center at 505.667.6211. Contact your local law enforcement agency if the sighting is off-site (including those at/near LANL leased facilities).