Second bear killed near Kamas Scout camp

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  • dale richards Green River, Utah
    Aug. 2, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    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 also
    be true that the division could have shot the
    wrong bear, they don't know for sure if that was bear
    or not Are pending charges going to placed on them. Just

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    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 actions.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    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.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 4:36 a.m.

    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.