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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 10:45 am | Updated: 10:57 am, Wed Oct 9, 2013.

FAIRBANKS—Grizzly bears in the White Mountains National Recreation Area are taking advantage of the federal shutdown by raiding overflowing, bear-proof garbage containers at two trailheads on the Elliott Highway.

The Bureau of Land Management workers responsible for emptying the trash cans have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown last week and opportunistic bears have been getting into trash left by recreational users at both the Wickersham Dome (28 Mile) and Colorado Creek (57 Mile) trailheads, BLM ranger Jonathan Priday said.

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