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[pct-l] Bear-resistant canister requirements (was Cannisters & bugs)
The Inyo National Forest regulation is Forest Order No. 04-97-01,
promulgated out of the Bishop ranger station, Inyo National Forest, on July
25, 1997, under the authority of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.)
regulations no. 36 CFR 261.50(a) and 36 CFR 261.58(cc). See
http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/cfr.html (both are access points for the
CFRs; you have to plug in the title (i.e. 36) & section numbers (i.e. 261.50
or 261.58) - I didn't think it necessarily appropriate to cut & paste the
whole thing here. You won't find the actual "order" there, just the
enabling regulations. I got my copy of the actual order from the Bishop
But for what it's worth:
36 CFR 261.58, "Occupancy and use," states that "When provided by an
order, the following are prohibited: [subsections (a) - (bb) omitted here] .
. . (cc) Possessing or storing any food or refuse, as specified in the
The relevant text from Order 04-97-01 states:
"...for the protection of the public, the following act is prohibited within
the John Muir, Ansel Adams, Golden Trout, Hoover, Boundary Peak, Inyo
Mountains, and South Sierra Wilderness areas of the Inyo National Forest:
possessing or storing any food or refuse unless stored in a
bear-proof container or in another manner designed to keep bears from
gaining access to the food or refuse."
The Order provides two exceptions - one for persons with a permit
specifically authorizing the prohibited act, and the other for
law-enforcement personnel acting in the performance of an official duty
(presumably such things as fire camps, search-and-rescue activities, etc).
Generally, federal administration personnel, such as forest
supervisors/chiefs etc or park superintendents are authorized to "make law"
for areas they're responsible for, as long as that law conforms to the
generalized authority in the CFRs or United States Code. Consequently, each
jurisdiction's likely going to have a different regulation to address a
Ain't it fun?
Incidentally, does anybody care that "canister" is spelled with one "n"?
Didn't think so.... (sorry, it's late)