A bear that attacked a 13-year-old boy near Moab Friday has been euthanized, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
The boy was sleeping at the Dewey Bridge Campground along the Colorado River with a group when the bear bit him at approximately 5:45 a.m. The boy sustained injuries to his left cheek and left ear. According to Utah DWR, the teen was treated and released from the hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery.
After the attack, the bear was located within a mile of the campsite on Friday at approximately 6:30 p.m. The animal was euthanized and an autopsy was performed Monday. The results won't be available until later this week, Utah DWR reported.
“The majority of the time, we relocate black bears when there are nuisance situations where a black bear is getting into trash or food,” DWR mammals coordinator Darren DeBloois stated in a press release. “We primarily euthanize when it is a matter of public safety. We are so glad this young boy is doing OK, and we are confident we’ve located the bear that was involved in the incident. We got into the wildlife profession because we love wildlife, and we enjoy managing and protecting animals so Utahns can get outdoors and enjoy them.”
Per state policy, bears are euthanized when they don't show fear toward humans. Since 2014, less than 20% of bear incidents have resulted in euthanization, Utah DWR reported.