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DWR Says Bear Encounters Aren't Uncommon

DWR Says Bear Encounters Aren't Uncommon

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(KSL News) The Division of Wildlife Resources says Sunday's bear attack has certainly heightened awareness of the dangers of camping among wildlife, but the encounters aren't uncommon.

Kevin Bunnell, Division of Wildlife Resources Mammals Coordinator, says, "There's campgrounds that get closed every year, people just aren't as aware of it as they are this year. It's not highly publicized but we deal with circumstances like this almost on an annual basis."

DWR officials say they are examining current procedures to help keep campers safe. There are some tips to keep you safe in bear country: The biggest thing is to eliminate odors, not only food but anything that puts off a strong smell. You can buy bear spray to carry with you on hikes and deter bears by making a lot of noise. Also, keep your trash cleaned up in a secure location, like the trunk of a car and double bag garbage and food.

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