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Oak Island back open to visitors after bears cause damage to boats, campsites

BAYFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - Visitors to Wisconsin's Apostle Islands can once again use Oak Island, after two bears caused minor damage at boats and campsites last month.

The island's dock area and 3 campsites were closed to overnight use and most daytime activities.

Officials at the National Park Service lakeshore now say that natural foods have returned to Oak Island, and bears have resumed their normal behavior.

Park staffers still encourage visitors not to leave any food unattended -- and lockers are available at all campsites.

Acting superintendent Myra Foster said she hopes there will be no more closures -- but it will be up to the visitors to act responsibly and prevent them.

Another of the Apostles, Sand Island, was closed last summer due to similar bear activity.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)