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Black Bear Sighting in City Creek Canyon

Hot weather and drought conditions have some large animals acting out of the ordinary. That’s why environmentalists believe a black bear showed up at City Creek Canyon looking for food.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 UTAH)- Hot weather and drought conditions have some large animals acting out of the ordinary. That’s why environmentalists believe a black bear showed up at City Creek Canyon looking for food.  You’ll see the bears near campsites and trash cans. This particular bear spotted on Sunday is not aggressive and DNR staff say it doesn’t currently pose a threat to people.

What’s lurking in the shadows of City Creek Canyon?

“Something new, something odd. With so many people you wouldn’t think they’d come down here,” said biker Bradyn Orton.

But it did. A big black bear was captured on surveillance video near the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Utah DNR Conservation Officer Raymond Loken spotted the bear not far from there.

“The bear was just doing what we would hope a bear would do which was running away from people. It saw me and decided to turn and run away,” said Utah DNR Conservation Officer Raymond Loken.

But if the bear doesn’t run away, you need to get tough.

“If I saw one? I don’t know. I heard of a lot of things to do. Just calm down be slow and make sure I don't scare him,” said Orton.

Don’t run, don’t lie down, try to hold your ground.

“When it comes to bear safety and large predator you need to control your instincts and hold your ground because running triggers an attack response or it could,” said Loken.

Most likely, Loken says the bear is just hungry; in search of its next meal.

“Bears do travel long distances especially when food is scarce so one could show up here today and be gone tomorrow. In fact no one has seen this bear since we saw it on Sunday,” said Loken.

So as you take a ride down City Creek Canyon, or drive through on a scenic route, be sure to look out for a black bear on the lookout for food.

“The bear didn't pose any threat to people it didn't act aggressive at all,” said Loken.



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