National Park officials close Lake Superior island due to bears

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Officials at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore off the northern tip of Wisconsin in Lake Superior closed an island to all visitors Wednesday night due to assertive bears, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

Sand Island had been closed to overnight camping Monday because bears were foraging at campgrounds. But that didn't slow the animals.

Visitors who left sausages in a cooler in their beached boat Wednesday said a bear repeatedly entered the vessel to get at the vittles, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Superintendent Bob Krumenaker, said, the News Tribune reported.

It's not clear how long the island, one of 21 in the Apostle Islands, will be closed, the newspaper reported. The islands, sometimes called the jewels of Lake Superior and known to some visitors for their historic lighthouses, are a favorite of some hikers, paddlers and sailers.

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