Officials at Dewey Bridge Campground found a bear’s tracks after a boy was bitten on the face & ear at the camping grounds.
A 13-year-old boy was bitten by a bear as he slept on a Utah campground, according to local wildlife officials.
The teen was snoozing in Dewey Bridge Campground, along the Colorado River in Moab, around 5:45 a.m. Friday when the animal chomped on his left cheek and ear, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said in a statement.
He was taken to a Moab emergency room, and then moved to a hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., local outlet KUTV reported.
Local officials are working with the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services branch and using dogs and traps in an attempt to catch the bear, the statement said.
Wildlife officials were able to find the bear’s tracks in the sand along the river.
It’s unclear how long the search will go on, but authorities will work to capture it until all options are exhausted, wildlife resources spokesperson Mark Hadley told KUTV.
The boy told authorities the animal was small, about his size, the station reported.
“Because this bear attacked a human, it will be euthanized when it is located,” the wildlife resources statement said. “The campground has been closed, and warning signs will be posted in the area.”
Officials reminded the public that Utah is “bear country,” and shared a list of bear safety tips — including safely securing foodstuffs, and remaining alert at dawn and dusk, when the animals are most active.
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