Bear Mountain, Alaska is famous for its spectacular and rugged peaks, and it is not far from the top of this article.
This year, it was also home to one of the most popular hiking campsites on the continent, where visitors can take in the stunning scenery of the Kupakonik Range and a spectacular overlook of the North Slope.
However, with this year’s bear-related deaths in the region, the popular campsite could be in trouble.
Bear Mountain was built in 1974 to serve as a hiking campground, and its name was changed to Bear Mountain in 1993.
But this year, the campground was evacuated due to a bear attack.
In January, it also became the site of a bear hunting contest, which was later cancelled.
According to the Alaska Department of Transportation, the campsite was evacuated in order to prepare for a possible attack on the camp site by a bear, which is considered to be a dangerous animal.
“In the last 10 years, we’ve had five bear attacks, which have killed a number of people, including two people who were killed by bears in the summer of 2017,” Kupako Police Chief Mike Filippi told Al Jazeera.
Filippo said the bears were responsible for at least four of the deaths.
In total, at least 20 people have been injured in bear attacks in the last ten years, according to the Department of Fish and Game.
The bear attacks were reported in Kupaka and other nearby towns, but the deaths are also causing concern among residents and visitors to the camp.
“This year, we are seeing a spike in incidents of bear attacks,” Filippis told Al Jazeera.
“The numbers have gone up and they are more frequent.”
Filippianis said there were several possible explanations for the recent attacks.
“It is likely a combination of factors, including human behaviour and weather conditions,” he said.
“We are seeing more bear activity this year.
People have reported that bears are more active and that they are getting into people’s vehicles.”
Fearing more attacks, local authorities have begun closing down the camp and have placed a fence around it.
According the Department, the fence has not been breached since the last attack on February 22.
But Filipps claim that is not the end of the problem.
“[The camp] has become a dangerous place,” he added.
“People are very nervous and scared, and the fences are very close to people.”
Bear Mountain, as a hike destination, is popular with backpackers and people who hike the Kootenai Mountains, which overlook the Arctic Circle.
Fiddlers who come to the campsites will find the camps are full of food, camp chairs and even bears, according Filippes.
Despite the threat of bears, there are many people who enjoy hiking in Bear Mountain.
For one person, it is a unique place to hike in.
Anna Lee, an experienced hiker who has hiked Bear Mountain for about 10 years and enjoys the scenery, said the campsITE is not dangerous.
Lee said that she has not experienced any bear attacks this year in the past.
While it is too soon to tell if the current bear attacks will have an impact on the campsITL, Lee said the fact that it is the only place on the island to do this hiking, is what makes it special.
“There is nothing like it on the world, and I can’t imagine doing it anywhere else,” Lee said.
Lee said she does not believe there is any danger to people on the mountain.
The campsITE, located in the Kuna National Forest in Kootens Creek National Park, is open year round, and visitors can camp in tents and caravans.
Filippi said it is important to remember that bear attacks are still happening.
“If you go into Bear Mountain and you have a bear or a human bear, you need to be very careful, and you need protection,” he told Al JAVE.
“I do not want to be the one to come out here and be scared, because we have no idea what is going to happen.”