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12.8.806    FOOD STORAGE

(1) In those state parks where it is required, food, food storage equipment, food preparation equipment, garbage, and other wildlife attractants must be secured in a hard-sided vehicle or camper, secured in a designated storage locker, or secured in an Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) approved bear resistant container, device, or system, at night or when attractants are not immediately attended.

(a) In a dispersed camping area where a designated storage locker or hanging device is not provided, items must be suspended at least ten feet vertically above the ground (from the bottom of the suspended item) and four feet horizontally from a tree trunk or other upright support, or secured in an IGBC approved bear resistant container, device, or system.

(b) In a dispersed camping area, stock feed, except baled or cubed hay without additives, must be properly secured as with any other food item, or within an IGBC approved portable electric fence.

(c) During the period of December 1 through March 15, these food storage regulations are not in effect, unless specifically posted based on known wildlife activity.

(2) The following is prohibited:

(a) disposal or burning of trash in fire rings;

(b) intentionally feeding or attracting wildlife; and

(c) creation or use of a hanging device in designated campgrounds.

History: 23-1-106, 23-1-111, MCA; IMP, 23-1-106, 23-1-111, MCA; NEW, 2016 MAR p. 825, Eff. 5/7/16.

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