The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is still working to get the bear out of Park City
PARK CITY, Utah – A bear walked over to FOX 13 News viewer Wendy Preston rear deck on Tuesday, after her bird feeder, she said.
After major holidays, such as July 4, many scents can attract bears to human spaces, said Scott Root, conservation outreach manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
“There are hummingbird feeders, and residents may have barbecue grills that may not be perfectly clean,” he said. “So this bear was rewarded by coming to town and finding treats. Usually if they get rewarded and they come back to the same area, they don’t really want to leave because they have a reward.
For the past two days, a conservation officer has been “hazing” the bear: gently moving it away from the neighborhoods and back into the hills.
“We fog it with a small bean bag from a shotgun that stings but it doesn’t hurt the bear,” Root said. “It gives him an unpleasant experience, and they often run away. Well, we did, and he always came back, so we might have to move him.
The DWR might need to try a more direct approach to bring the bear home, he said.
“We may just have to set a live culvert trap and bait it,” he said. miles away.”
At this time, there is no danger to the public, Root said; this bear has nothing to fear.
“Bears usually have their heads on the ground and they’re sniffing around,” he said. “They have this great sense of smell. They’re looking for roots and bulbs and maybe ground squirrels or whatever, but they’re not really there to catch us.
If you spot this bear in Summit County, the sheriff’s office asks you to call to let them know at 435-615-3600.