Black Bears

On this edition of KPCW's This Green Earth, Nell and Chris first spoke with Thomas Sharpe, wildlife ecologist, about the growing black bear population in Utah. Why are their numbers increasing and why that is good for our ecosystem. Also, learn why Japanese Lilac and Kentucky Coffee trees are better for your yard than Mountain or European Ash from Jason Barto, Certified Arborist with Wasatch Back Trees.

Originally aired July 19, 2013.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has been tagging black bears in the High Uintas of Summit County and other areas of the state to keep track of their movements and population. Rick Brough has more.

Originally aired July 19, 2013.

In just the past couple of weeks, black bears have died in two separate mishaps in the high Uintas of Summit County. Last week, as we’ve reported, a bear that invaded a Scout Camp, attracted by food left out in the open, was shot by a Scout leader.

In another case, in late June, a bear died after reacting badly to a tranquilizer shot, during a DWR tagging operation. Rich Brough has more.