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Bear spotted near homes in Jeremy Ranch, Summit County warning residents

Posted at 8:41 AM, May 05, 2015

JEREMY RANCH, Utah - The Summit County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a bear caught on camera in Jeremy Ranch.

Deputies said they are used to moose and elk roaming the area but were surprised when they actually saw the bear residents had called about.

One owner near Saddleback Rd. woke to find trash scattered across her driveway.

"I looked out my front window and saw my trash can knocked down, bags broken apart all down the driveway," Jeremy Ranch resident Jeanne said. "Bags on front lawn, trash all over the place, so I had early morning cleanup."

Deputies said, other than some trash cans, nothing was harmed.

"We have a very dry winter so far and we may have a very dry summer so that could be very bad for a lot of wild animals including bears," Stephanie Natt said, Wild Aware Utah. "They're going to have a lot of trouble finding food."

Wildlife officials said the best way to keep bears and other animals away from your home is to secure your trash cans and get rid of any food that might entice a bear.

If it is trash day, put the garbage can out that morning instead of at night.

MORE: Click here for more information about how to keep your home and family safe from wild animals.