Arizona Parks Issue 'Black Bear Aware' Alert

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March 20, 2014 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public to be “black bear aware” following the first sightings of the season near the Peppersauce Campground and on Fort Huachuca.

A black bear was sighted within 100 feet of the campground approximately 7 p.m. Sunday, February 16.  The campers abandoned the camp and reported the sighting.   In addition, a hunter reported sighting a female bear and cub on Fort Huachuca in January.

Bears have been observed sporadically during the winter months in southeastern Arizona, suggesting that warmer weather may have shortened annual hibernations, from which black bears typically emerge in March, usually males before females.

In addition, consecutive dry winters and intermittent seasonal rains, coupled with lingering environmental impacts from the Monument and Horseshoe Two fires, suggest that there may be more cases of bears visiting residential areas this year.

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