Sometimes you get the bear. Sometimes the guy whose supposed to get the bear with a tranquilizer dart gun gets you instead.
That is what happened earlier this week when a state wildlife biologist joined six other division employees visiting bear dens in eastern Utah's remote Book Cliffs region.
The unidentified 20-year Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) veteran — recovering at home Wednesday after spending a night in Provo's Utah Valley Regional Medical Center — was part of a team monitoring black bear survival and reproduction rates.
The bears are located by tracking their previously attached radio collars, and the plan is to dart and tranquilize the animals to allow for a quick physical exam, replacement of worn transmitters and identification of new cubs.