ALL NEWS

Human run-ins with black bears nearly doubled in 2019 in Utah

Nov 18, 2019, 3:38 PM

avoiding bear conflicts...

This undated photograph provided by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources shows a black bear. Wildlife officials say reports of bears. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, via AP)

(Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says 53 people reported encountering black bears this year, compared with 27 in 2018.

These encounters included bears rummaging through garbage and coming onto campgrounds, with one bear biting a teenage boy’s face as he camped in Moab this summer.

Game Mammals Coordinator Darren DeBloois is not surprised by the increase because many bears were hibernating during a longer than normal snow season.

“When they did come out, they were really hungry and were looking for any kind of sources of food they could find. So, we had a lot of early encounters in campgrounds and had to move a lot of bears that were places they shouldn’t have been,” DeBloois said.

And many of the black bears that were moved around the state were young males who were out on their own for the first time.

“They’re looking for new places to eat, especially young males…We saw a lot of young bears trying to find a new home,” DeBloois said.

The three most common areas for reports of bear encounters in 2019 were between Salt Lake City and Santaquin, in Grand County, and at the north end of Zion National Park.
But there are things people can do to prevent bear encounters, DeBloois says, including making sure trash is picked up at your campsite and food is not left outside your home.
“The big thing we’ve noticed is bird feeders, especially hummingbird feeders. Those are just basically sugar water, and bears love those. They’ll climb up on your deck and break into those,” DeBloois said.

 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

All News

Salt Lake City Police Department is looking into the death of two people who were killed in a workp...

Mariah Maynes

SLCPD identify two killed in workplace shooting

Salt Lake City Police Department said they have identified two men who were killed in a workplace shooting on Sunday. 

45 minutes ago

Madison Leonard and Adam Lau are returning to the Utah Opera to play Susanna and Figaro.(Utah Opera...

Mariah Maynes

Utah Opera to present The Marriage of Figaro

Utah Opera announced that it will present The Marriage of Figaro. The opera, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, will open at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theater on Saturday, March 9. 

2 hours ago

Cars drive on I-80 with a snowy mountain backdrop after snowstorms hit the Wasatch Front throughout...

Adam Small

More snow expected along the Wasatch Front Monday

The Wasatch Front will see some snow on Monday which could impact drivers during the evening commute.

3 hours ago

(Spenser Heaps/Deseret News)...

Cassidy Wixom

UDOT extends length of green lights along Lehi commuter roads

The Utah Department of Transportation has extended the length of green lights on major commuter roads in Lehi in an attempt to ease traffic.

3 hours ago

FILE - The U.S Supreme Court is photographed, Jan. 3, 2024, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib...

John Fritze, CNN

Supreme Court keeps Trump on Colorado ballot, rejecting 14th Amendment push

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that former President Donald Trump should appear on the ballot in Colorado in a decision that follows months of debate.

4 hours ago

code blue alert issued for multiple northern Utah counties...

Becky Bruce

Code Blue Alert issued for multiple northern Utah counties

Salt Lake County declared a Code Blue Alert on Sunday night and multiple Utah counties expected similar conditions Monday.

4 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human run-ins with black bears nearly doubled in 2019 in Utah