Utah Wildlife News
Thursday, 13 May 2010 14:45
As Memorial Day weekend nears, DWR provides tips to keep you safe
Doing five simple things will lessen the chance that a black bear visits your campsite this year:
Photo by Ron Stewart©
"If you follow these rules, you'll not only help yourself, you'll help other people too," says Justin Dolling, game mammals coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
"A bear may not visit your campsite while you're there, but the food you leave out and the litter you leave behind could bring a bear to that same area after you leave. And that could create a serious problem for people who camp in the area after you."
Keeping your camp clean
Dolling says bears are usually attracted to people by strong smells and the food that's usually associated with the smells. By doing a few simple things, you can cut those smells down. And that will greatly reduce the chance that a bear visits your camp or cabin:
Bear safety tips
More tips on how to stay safe in bear country, including what to do if you encounter a bear while hiking, are available at wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/learn-more/bear-safety.html.
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