A Note from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

A Note from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

We have spent well over a month attempting to trap the bears in and around the city.  One bear was captured in mid-July and was moved to a different mountain range.  Since that time, we have received many additional reports of another bear sited near some residences.  In response to those sitings, we have set up 2 traps set in an attempt to capture it.  We will continue to work on trapping the bears, but we would like your help.
The primary challenge we currently face is the abundance of garbage cans left out and unsecured.  The garbages attract the bears and provide a “reward” to the bear, increasing the likelihood that it will continue to return for more food.  Capturing a bear becomes even more difficult with the abundance of these other food sources (garbage cans).
With that in mind, the attachments provide information and tips to minimize attracting bears to your home.  I have also included a link to the wild aware Utah website that has additional information that you can share with your residents (https://www.wildawareutah.org/utah-wildlife-information/bears/).
Thanks for helping us with this effort and please let me know if you have any concerns or questions.
Jason Vernon
Central Region Supervisor
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

A black bear with its nose buried in a food container eats trash out of a residential garbage bag in summertime