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Bears spotted in Woodland

Black bears were spotted June 6 in an area of rural Summit County where longtime residents haven’t seen bears for generations.

"It worries me," Woodland resident Shelly Gines said in a telephone interview.

Bears were spotted by her daughter near 1000 east and Lower River Road, she said.

"The officers said maybe they could smell the sheep," said 15-year-old Kenzie Gines, who saw a bear cross a street in Woodland around 6 p.m. "Other people say they think it’s the weather that is pushing them down, because it was a cold winter."

Kenzie was with her two younger cousins and three sheep when she saw a bear.

"I saw something coming toward us. I thought it was a pig because I didn’t have my glasses on," she said. "As it got a little closer, I could tell it was a bear."

"We were standing there wondering what to do with our sheep," she said. "The cops and the wildlife people think there were three bears."

They ran to a neighbor’s property until her father came with his gun, Kenzie said, adding that "it scared me because I was kind of responsible for my two younger cousins."

Officers chased two bears with dogs near the Woodland LDS church, but did not catch the bears, Shelly Gines said.

"They told my husband, if my husband would have shot one of the bears, they would have arrested him," Shelly Gines said. "It was really scary because we have kids that walk off the hill and ride their bikes and are down by the river."

"They’re hungry and they’re looking for food," she said.


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