Boat-hopping baby bear removed from Lake Powell

Boat-hopping baby bear removed from Lake Powell

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah wildlife officials have relocated a baby black bear that was exploring boats and mingling with visitors at Lake Powell last weekend.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1bsySlT ) boaters near Face Canyon spotted the animal on the beach last Friday and climbing on houseboats on Saturday.

Park rangers finally chased the 30-pound bear away from the beach, but the animal returned hours later and swam up to a houseboat.

Officials with the state Division of Wildlife Resources arrived on Tuesday to remove the bear.

They found him on a houseboat and tranquilized him.

Wayne Gustaveson with DWR says the bear jumped off the boat and started swimming but passed out, so a DWR biologist jumped in the lake and saved him.

Officials later released the bear in a remote area of southern Utah.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com  Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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