Outdoor Safety & Ethics

Wildlife Safety

Contrary to its name, the black bear is not always black; the species varies in color from reddish to light brown to black.  Black Bear

Black bears are omnivores with diets consisting of fruits, insects, grubs, some small vertebrates, and carrion. They breed in June or July, and young are born in January or February; average litter size is two. Young stay with their mother until the fall of their second year. Black bears are nocturnal and are dormant during the winter.

Safety in black bear country http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/learn-more/bear-safety.html
For much more information about Black Bears, read a copy of the Forest Service publication Watchable Wildlife: The Black Bear


Rattlesnake Awarness
Photo showing example of a Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes are most active during spring and fall.  Evening, night, or morning hours are favored activity periods; mid-day is generally shunned.  These snakes retreat underground to avoid temperature extremes.  Like other reptiles, rattlesnakes are “cold-blooded” relying essentially on outside heat sources rather than an internal metabolism to maintain their body temperature.  They typically function most effectively at temperatures between about 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.  Rattlesnake Saftey Tips, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Mountain Lion Safety
Mountain Lion

Mountain lions are active year round and their main food sources are deer, rabbits and other small mammals.  Mountain lions have extremely large territories. They sometimes roam more than 20 miles a day in search of new food sources or mates.  This is especially true after young mountain lions leave their mother at about a year and a half old. The chances of seeing a mountain lion are highly unlikely, but people still need to be aware that lions live among us.
Stay Save In Mountain Lion Country, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources