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Black bear euthanized after Utah boy injured in tent

June 18, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Wildlife officials say a black bear has been euthanized after a child was injured during a Boy Scout camping trip.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith Jolley says the boy suffered minor scratches when the bear disturbed his tent south of Salt Lake City early Tuesday morning.

She says a bear believed to be responsible was located in Hobble Creek Canyon hours later, and it was put down under department policy because it showed a lack of fear of humans.

It wasn’t clear why the bear disturbed the tent, but Jolley says many bears live in the area and are now waking up from hibernation, so it could have been foraging for food.

Hobble Creek is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City.

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