Black bear captured in Provo neighborhood

Posted at 7:53 PM, May 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-20 08:02:26-04

PROVO, Utah – Authorities worked to capture a small black bear in a Provo neighborhood on Sunday night.

The bear was in a tree on private property near 1400 East Spring Dell Drive, in Provo Canyon.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon, Utah County Sheriff’s Office, said sheriff’s deputies assisted officers from the Department of Wildlife trapping the bear.

Cannon said the bear had been spotted in the neighborhood multiple times in the last few days, and when it appeared on Sunday night authorities responded.

Officers said they considered using a tranquilizer dart on the bear, but they decided against it as the bear was in a tall tree and could have been injured.

Sgt. Chad Bettridge, Division of Wildlife Resources, said setting bait for the bear was their next step.

“We put a trap out here with some dog food in it,” he said. “The bear will be attracted to the trap, and we’ll move it out of this location and put it someplace else."