Hunters are asked to take extra precautions this upcoming hunting season, especially in areas affected by the mountain pine beetle epidemic.
Beetle kill on some 2.5 million acres of forest brings with it the end result of more falling trees as the root structures die and lose their strength to support the tree.
The U.S. Forest Service offers these guidelines to help hunters and outdoor recreationists avoid risks:
Hunters should also be aware that a number of roads and campgrounds have been closed due to beetle activity and are advised to check accessibility with local forest service offices.
On a positive note, the Forest Service reports there are many places to hunt and camp on national forest lands. To check on campgrounds visit:www.fs.fed.us/r2/recreation/camping/campgroundlist  or call the local forest service office for information. For information on road closures or beetle mitigation projects in Wyoming visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/bark-beetle/wyoming.html  General information on the mountain pine beetle epidemic and road closure information for the Medicine Bow National Forest can be found at:http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/mbr