Bear seen in Summit Park last week
June 9, 2015
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office received a report last week that a bear was spotted in the Summit Park area.
According to the dispatch daily call logs, a resident reportedly saw the bear at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, in the trees between the 150 and 200 blocks of Crestview Drive. There wasn’t any description only that it appeared to be a cub.
Officials with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources told deputies to leave the bear alone unless "it starts to cause problems in the neighborhood."
Colvy Jones, DWR’s wildlife program manager for the central region, said from the reports he received the bear "appeared to have a healthy fear of humans," adding that not every bear is a "problem bear."
"This happened up there right on the edge of bear habitat," Jones said. "We don’t want to create a problem when there isn’t one."
Last month, DWR officials caught and relocated a nearly two-year-old cub that had been seen wandering around the Pinebrook area. Jones said the bear that was relocated was increasing his potential for conflict because he was spotted rummaging through trash cans and bird feeders.
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"He was losing his fear of humans and had gotten into several garbage cans," Jones said. "This bear hadn’t done any of the stuff the other had so we told them to leave it alone."
Jones emphasized the importance of educating residents about how to safely live with wildlife in the area to reduce dangerous encounters.