Officials located and tranquilized a black bear spotted by a Mapleton resident on Thursday morning.

The bear was relocated later in the afternoon by officials with the Division of Natural Resources, according to a Facebook post from the Mapleton Police Department.

A resident walking a dog saw the young bear run across a yard near 1700 N. 600 East at the edge of the Springville and Mapleton city borders.

About 30 minutes later, another resident found the bear eating from a garbage can close to 800 N. 600 East.

Officers arrived and found the bear walking away from the area. The bear ran across a field and into a church parking lot at 1000 N. 400 East and eventually climbed a tree near the church.

DNR officials were able to tranquilize the bear and load it on a vehicle for relocation.

“When there is a bear sighting, public safety takes priority. We are appreciative of how our residents handled today’s situation. They kept their distance, reported the sightings, and supported professionals with needs,” wrote Mapleton police chief John Jackson.

This is the third day in a row black bears have been spotted in Utah County. On Tuesday, DWR officials euthanized a bear that disturbed a Boy Scout camp in Hobble Creek Canyon and mildly injured one of the scouts.

Another bear was spotted on Wednesday near the foothills in Springville and ran into the trees after officials searched the area.

Ashley Stilson covers crime, courts and breaking news for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2556 or

See what people are talking about at The Community Table!