Its not clear why they shot this bear rather than relocate it to another area.
Is the bear population increased so abundantly that they cannot be relocated or
allow a seasonal hunt to thin out the predators who are also competing with the
mountain lions on the increase? No mention of the mountain lions either and that
could turn into a problem also.The Utah DWR is not being forthright
in information on plans and future encounters with wild predators and camper
safety. Until there is reasonalbe explanation and information made public it
seems that if going into the hills a person should be armed, even in areas
restricting guns or shooting them in a national forest. The restrictive laws
were written at a time when predators were deemed extinct and not a threat to a
person or persons.
It frustrates and saddens me to read stories like this, because the need to put
down the animal is almost always due to human behavior, and can almost always be
avoided by modifying said behavior. Human stupidity, more than anything else,
increases the likelihood of having a negative wildlife encounter, and poses a
significant danger to both other humans and to wildlife in the outdoors.We have opportunities for lots of amazing outdoor experiences here in
Utah, but too many people venture into the outdoors uneducated and unprepared.
With regard to staying safe around wildlife, there is a lot of good, credible
information available. A good place to start is the Utah DWR website, and the
sections of the Yellowstone N.P. website that deal with wildlife safety.Instead of going into the backcountry armed, I would suggest investing
in bear spray, and knowing how to use it. Bear spray (or a firearm) should only
be an absolute last resort, though, as wildlife safety knowledge, preventative
measures, and common sense should always be the first line of defense against a
negative wildlife encounter.
The Utah DWR loses a negligence case before the Utah Supreme Court in the Sam
Ives case where the 11 year old boy was mauled to death by a bear. The high
court found the state negligent. So now the policy seems to be just go out and
kill problem bears and answer questions later. They need to explain their
The Division has said," that the scout leader may have shot the wrong
bear while protecting the boy scouts and is still pending charges."
Could it alsobe true that the division could have shot thewrong
bear, they don't know for sure if that was bear or not Are pending
charges going to placed on them. JustCurious.