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Published April 25, 2012 12:28 pm

Who's for dinner? • Wild Aware Utah offers wildlife etiquette lessons for campers.
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The great part about trekking Utah's back country is that it is still wild.

The downside for unprepared hikers, bikers and campers is that it's sometimes a little too wild.

Quick question: What would you do if you stumbled into a moose while hiking? Do you know how to pitch a camp that doesn't become a fast-food stop for bears? Do you like to sleep with a PB&J sandwich for a pillow?

Even if you think you can answer those questions, a refresher course is probably in order. The Wild Aware Utah is a conservation program working to help minimize conflict between people and wildlife. The program's partners are Hogle Zoo, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Wildlife Protection Society and Utah State University Cooperative Extension (USU)

Wild Aware Utah is offering a free program on Thursday April 26,, 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake REI, 3285 E 3300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-486-2100.