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An analysis of human–black bear conflict in Utah

By Julie Ann Miller, Tom S. Smith, Janene Auger, Hal Black, Loreen Allphin

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Conflict between black bears (Ursus americanus) and humans has occurred in Utah, but the records are largely incomplete. To document these events, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources initiated a black bear sightings and encounters database in 2003, and we updated it. From 2003–2013, there were 224 recorded events, with 10 attacks, 208 property damages, and 6 vehicle collisions. Most events took place at campsites (40%). The most common season for events was summer (78%). Most conflict occurred at night. The number of events has not increased over the last 10 years, with no significant relationship between the number of events per year and drought. Most events involved single bears, and over half of events occurred when food or garbage was available for the bear.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2016
Publication Title Human-Wildlife Interactions
Volume 10
Issue 2
Pages 292-299
DOI 10.26077/wpg8-m913
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Bears
  3. human-animal conflict
  4. Human-animal interactions
  5. human-wildlife interactions
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  7. Utah
  8. Wild animals
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