Mister Ranger is getting some help from the Sierra Club to keep bears, whether or not they are smarter than average, away from human food sources. As part of ongoing ‘bear aware’ work, Forest Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says the partnership has placed bear-proof food storage containers at campsites on the Forest at Bailey Creek, Pacific Creek, Toppings Lake Road, Lost Lake Road, Shadow Mountain and Horsetail Creek. She says the forest has limited availability of the boxes which are available at certain areas like designated campsites and now these funded by the Sierra Club. Cernicek says, “Regardless, we do encourage people to carry bear-resistant containers with them; even when hiking in areas where bear boxes are available because those bear boxes could be full, could be used by other users especially in some of our more busy areas. The boxes should help stem a growing problem as the grizzly bear population continues to grow and there is more competition for food. This can bring them into close proximity to people and create opportunities for conflict. Cernicek says conflicts between humans and bears of any kind are by far the main cause of bear deaths. She adds that those conflicts that could be avoided with proper storage and precautions by forest users.