Bear spotted beside garbage bin outside lodge in upper Deer Valley
May 12, 2015
A bear was seen in upper Deer Valley on Sunday, continuing a string of sightings that caused a stir in Park City and the Snyderville Basin last week.
According to Park City Police Department logs, a bear was seen on the 7600 block of Royal Street at 4:03 a.m. on Sunday. The animal was beside a garbage container, the logs indicated. The Police Department said in an online posting a state wildlife officer was summoned but did not locate the bear.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the bear was seen on a plaza outside Stein Eriksen Lodge as well as at a Dumpster outside the lodge. He said the bear was "probably" the same one that was seen in Park Meadows earlier, noting there were sightings along a route that included Park Meadows, City Park, the Mellow Mountain Road area and Stein Eriksen Lodge.
John Perry, the communications manager at Stein Eriksen Lodge, said the bear wandered through a courtyard and made its way to a Dumpster close to a loading dock. The general manager of the lodge and the head of security saw the animal, he said, noting the bear did not cause issues.
Police Department logs, meanwhile, provided a rundown of the bear sightings last week. There were other sightings outside the Park City limits as well.
Some of the other reports to the police included one on Thursday, May 7 at 8:37 p.m., when someone on Mellow Mountain Road reported a bear walking through a yard in the direction of Deer Valley. Earlier that day, the early morning hours, there were two sightings on American Saddler Drive, one at 4:32 a.m. and the other at 2:39 a.m.
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The previous evening, at 10:17 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, a bear was seen on a back porch on Mountain Ridge Court, which is close to American Saddler Drive. Other sightings on May 6 include on Eagle Pointe Court at 8:41 p.m. and in Sandstone Cove at 8:25 p.m., when the bear was seen in a driveway. The bear in Sandstone Cove left toward a field, the police were told.
City Hall issued a release outlining a variety of bear-related topics, including how someone should act if they encounter one, as the sightings mounted.
"If a bear enters your yard, give it an obvious escape route — do not corner it. Black bears can quickly inflict thousands of dollars in property damage," the release says.
The release says someone should stand their ground if they come across a bear.
"Never back up, lie down, or play dead," it says, recommending people remain calm and indicating someone should not run away or attempt to escape into a tree.
It also says to learn about bears and how they behave.
"If a bear stands up, grunts, moans or makes other sounds, it’s not being aggressive. These are the ways a bear gets a better look or smell and expresses its interest," the release says.
The release says people on trails should take precautions while they are hiking. Bears are especially active at dawn and at dusk, it says. The release recommends people use trails in groups, make noise and avoid animal carcasses. Children should be kept in the center of the group of people, it says. The release also offers suggestions about disposing trash and other ways to guard against attracting a bear to a property.
A bear was not the only wild animal spotted in Park City last week. The Park City Police Department received several other wildlife-related calls in addition to a series of reports about a bear. The cases included:
Moose sightings occur regularly in Park City and the reports last week continue a series of cases involving the animals.