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(Continued from page 1B) camouflaged.” Because a fawn doesn’t have a scent and is camouflaged so well, hiding a fawn for the first few weeks of its life is the best way to protect it from predators. The fawn’s mother will usually move away from the fawn to feed and rest, but she will still remain reasonably close by. “If she senses danger, such as a human,” Stewart says, “she will leave the area in hopes of luring the ‘predator’ away from her fawn.” Stewart says people, who can see a full range of color, often see a fawn in its hiding place. Since the doe has left the area, many people think the fawn has been abandoned, and they pick it up. “That’s the worst thing you can do,” he says. “Without knowing it, you’ve just taken a fawn away from its mother.” Doing the right thing
So what should you do if you see a deer fawn or an elk calf in the woods or in town? “First of all, don’t approach it,” Stewart says. “Watch it or take a photo of it from a distance, but don’t approach it. If you get too close, the scent you leave could draw a predator to the animal.” Stewart says numerous studies have also shown that predators will follow human tracks. “I’ve watched coyotes and other predators cross a path that someone just walked and immediately turn and follow their path,” he says. “I don’t know if the predators are curious or if they’ve learned that humans can lead them to food. But if you’ve just gotten close to a fawn, you’ll lead the predator right to it.” If you see a fawn or a calf, it’s best to stop quite a distance from it. “Then continue past the animal in a loop so the predator follows you around and away
from the fawn or calf,” he says. Finding and petting newly born animals is another problem. “The animal’s survival depends on it staying scentless,” Stewart says. “If you touch the animal, you’ve placed your scent on it. That will make it easier for a predator to find it.” Hot, dry weather could increase bear problems
The hot, dry weather Utah is experiencing could increase the chance that a black bear wanders into your camp site or cabin area this summer. John Shivik, mammals coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the dry conditions have reduced the amount of natural vegetation that’s available to the bears. Not having enough natural vegetation forces the bears to wander more in search of food. “The wandering they’re doing increases the chance that a bear will
A cow and its calf stand in a meadow in one of Utah’s forests. Moose are not a huge threat in Utah but can be a danger in certain periods of the year.
come into your camp site or cabin area this summer,” Shivik says. Fortunately, Shivik says you can do several things to lessen the chance that a bear picks your camp site or cabin area as a place to wander into: Store your food and scented items, such as deodorants and tooth paste, in areas where bears can’t get them. Inside a trailer or in the trunk of your car are good choices. •Keep your cooking grill clean. And clean anything you used to prepare, eat or clean up food. •Keep your campsite or cabin area clean. Don’t
toss food scraps and other trash around. •Never feed a bear. “Even if it isn’t a dry year,” Shivik says, “you should always follow these tips. Bears are always searching for food.” You’ll be helping others too Shivik says if you follow these rules, you’ll not only help yourself, you’ll help others. He says a bear may not visit your campsite while you’re there. But the food you leave out and the litter you leave behind could bring a bear to that same area after you leave. And that could create a serious problem for people who camp in the area after you. About hiking
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There are also tips for when hiking. •Stay alert at dawn and dusk, when bears are more active •Go with a group, if possible •Make noise as you travel through dense cover •Stay away from animal carcasses •Store food, trash and scented items (such as sunscreen) in airtight plastic bags •Keep kids in the center of the group
If you encounter a bear: •Stand your ground. Never back up, lie down or play dead. Stay calm and give the bear a chance to leave. Prepare to use your bear spray or another deterrent. •Don’t run away or climb a tree. Black bears are excellent climbers and can run up to 35 mph — you cannot outclimb or outrun them. •Know bear behavior. If a bear stands up, grunts, moans or makes other sounds, it’s not being aggressive. These are the ways a bear gets a better look or smell and expresses its interest. If a bear attacks •Use bear spray. Then leave the area. Studies have shown bear spray to be 92 percent successful in deterring bear attacks. •Shoot to kill. If you use a firearm, never fire a warning shot — aim for the center of the bear and keep firing until it is dead. Notify the Division of Wildlife Resources immediately. •Always fight back. And never give up. People have successfully defended themselves with almost anything: rocks, sticks, backpacks, water bottles and even their hands and feet.
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