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Park City police told of a bear in Deer Valley, moose ‘eating breakfast’ in Old Town


The Park City Police Department since the middle of October has received a series of reports of wildlife sightings, including a rare case involving a bear.

The police regularly field wildlife cases, and the reports last week appeared to be typical other than the one involving a bear.

The bear was reported to the police on Sunday at 4:35 a.m. The animal was reportedly spotted somewhere along Royal Street. The bear was seen running as it crossed the street, according to public police logs.

Royal Street is a twisting road that connects lower Deer Valley and upper Deer Valley. There are numerous residences along Royal Street or on its side streets, but it is also located in the area of the ski terrain at Deer Valley Resort.

Wild Aware Utah, an organization dedicated to wildlife issues in the state, says black bears are the only species of bears living in the state.

The Police Department only occasionally fields a report of a bear sighting. Other wildlife like deer, elk and moose are more commonly reported. In one case earlier in the year, a bear was seen in late May running across U.S. 40 in the area of Quinn’s Junction toward the Park City side of the highway.

Other wildlife-related cases recently logged by the Police Department include:

• on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 9:50 a.m., three moose were reported to be in a front yard on Pine Hurst Court. The animals had been at the location several hours before the police were contacted. Pine Hurst Court is a small street off American Saddler Drive.

• on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7:44 a.m., a moose was seen in a small park off the 900 block of Main Street. The police said a moose was found to be “eating breakfast.”

• on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:47 a.m., a moose, described as a large bull, was seen in the field outside the Park City Library. The animal left and the police planned to search for the moose.

• on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7:15 p.m., a deer was reported on Monitor Drive.

• on Oct.19 at 12:44 a.m., a driver hit a deer on S.R. 248. The whereabouts of the deer were unknown after the accident. The vehicle might require a tow, the police were told.

There is the possibility of the wildlife sightings continuing in coming weeks after the recent snow. Animals oftentimes move to lower elevations when the snowfall starts as they search for food. Once at the lower elevations, the likelihood of sightings increases. There is also increased concern about collisions between drivers and wildlife at that point since there is more traffic at the lower elevations of the Park City area.

Police officers who respond to wildlife sightings typically attempt to protect the safety of the animals, onlookers and drivers.

More information about bears in Utah is available from Wild Aware Utah at

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