Grand County Sheriff’s deputies, Moab Police officers and Animal Control officers wrangled a bear that was wandering around Murphy Lane on the afternoon of July 1.
According to incident reports from the Moab Police Department, the bear sighting was called in at about 3:30 p.m. A deputy went into a wooded area in an effort to locate the bear while others spread out in an attempt to contain the animal if it left the wooded area.
They were in a large clearing that follows Pack Creek from the Mill Creek bridge. The deputy spotted the bear and directed a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officer to the location. The DWR officer shot the bear with a total of three darts before it lost consciousness.
Officers carried the bear, estimated to be between 2 and 3 years old and about 150 pounds, to the camping area at Pack Creek Mobile Home Park and Campground, where he was loaded into a kennel and ultimately into a bear trap.
The DWR officer reportedly said he would likely release the bear in the Book Cliffs area.