SPRINGVILLE — A black bear has been euthanized after it disturbed a tent and scratched a child during a Boy Scout camping trip in Hobble Creek Canyon. The troop was staying on private property toward the top of the canyon.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith Jolley says the boy suffered minor scratches when the bear disturbed his tent at approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. The boy is expected to be ok. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and USDA Wildlife Services tracked the bear and trapped it up a tree with a pack of dogs.
Jolley says a bear believed to be responsible was located in Hobble Creek Canyon hours later, and it was put down under department policy because it showed a lack of fear of humans.
Jolley says it is important for people to remember that Utah is bear country. She says many bears live in the area and are now waking up from hibernation, so it could have been foraging for food.
Hobble Creek Canyon is east of Springville in Utah Canyon.