A Utah teen was bitten in the face by a bear while he was sleeping at a campground in Moab.
KUTV reports the incident occurred on Friday at the Dewey Bridge campground around 5:45 a.m. and wildlife officials are now looking for the bear who attacked the 13-year-old boy.
“The young man was injured on his right cheek and his right ear and was transported to a hospital for treatment. We are currently working with USDA-Wildlife Services and using dogs and traps in an effort to capture the bear,”
Officials reported that the bear and the boy were about the same size. If the bear is captured, they will euthanize the animal.
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Officials have closed down the campground and posted warning signs in the area. They said in a statement that it was unclear how long the bear search would be.
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Here are some safety tips from the DWR website.
- Store food, drinks and scented items securely (in your vehicle, a bear-safe container or a tree — never in your tent)
- Dispose of trash in bear-proof dumpsters, if available
- Wipe down picnic tables
- Burn food off stoves or grills
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