The Forest Service closed Rainbow Basin area near Trinity Mountain on Thursday, Aug. 2 because of an aggressive and injured black bear in that area. The Rainbow Basin is about 35 miles north of Mountain Home.
Campgrounds in the area remain open. The closure affects the main trail leading from Big Trinity Lake (National Forest Trail 174) and trails that branch off of this main trail. In addition, National Forest System Road 129A, which leads to Trinity Mountain Lookout is closed. Access points to the closed area will be posted and signed.
The bear was reported to Fish and Game officials as acting aggressively on Wednesday, Aug. 1, and subsequently it was wounded by campers when it approached them. F&G officials attempted to track the blood trail, but it disappeared.
Bear scat in the area was located with candy wrappers in it, and it appears to have become accustomed to humans.
The public is being asked to report any sightings of the bear to Mountain Home Ranger District at 587-7961 or Fish and Game at 860-0582.
For a map of the closure area go HERE.