More people in Utah’s backcountry means more encounters with bears
Utah –-(Ammoland.com)- You might be surprised to learn how simple it is to avoid a negative encounter with a black bear. If you remember two simple things—and then do those things in the outdoors—you’ll greatly reduce the chance that a black bear visits your campsite or cabin area:
- Keep the area clean. Don’t toss food scraps and trash around. Instead, put it in trash bags, and store it in a place where a bear can’t get to it. When it’s time to go home, take your trash home with you.
- Store your food in an area where a bear can’t get to it.
Darren DeBloois, mammals coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says black bears have an amazing sense of smell. And they have no problem eating the same type of food people eat.
“Even though they’re incredibly strong and surprisingly fast,” DeBloois says, “like most wildlife, black bears will typically do everything they can to avoid people. When a bear finds food, though, that all changes. Once it finds food, a bear will often become aggressive towards anything …Read the Rest