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Forest Service asks campers to be bear safe

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The National Forest Service asks campers take steps this season to reduce the risk of bear raids in northern Utah camp sites.

Visitors need to pack out their own trash in camping areas along the Mirror Lake Highway in the Uinta Mountains and the Smith Morehouse area in Weber Canyon.Also, campers should leave food items, trash and coolers locked up in the car. Never leave food in the tent or near sleeping areas. Backpackers should hoist food and trash high into trees with a rope before going to sleep.

Leaving trash or food around could lead to a bear attack on a human, or could set up a situation in which wildlife managers have to kill a bear.

If a bear should come around, tell an official immediately. If no officials are around, scare the bear away by screaming or banging a pan.