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Woman uses flashlight to scare away bear

Woman uses flashlight to scare away bear

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A woman camping at the Mirror Lake campground was able to get a bear out of her tent by beating it with a flashlight around 2 a.m. on July 25.

The woman heard some dogs barking. According to Bruce Johnson of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, she opened her tent to see what was going on and a black bear stuck its head right inside the tent. So she took her flashlight and started hitting the bear in the head.

Johnson said, "Never hold still and allow it to continue. The best thing to do is: hit, kick, scream, beat it across the nose and the head if you can to get it out of there."

Johnson says after they were notified they closed the camping area where the bear had seen. They used dogs and traps for three days, but the bear never returned. They think dog food and dirty diapers left out by some campers attracted the bears to the area.


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