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Saturday, 22 July 2017 21:01

Black Bear in Williamson Valley Featured

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A black bear has been seen on the east side of Williamson Valley Road, reports residents of the Granite Oak community.

It’s apparently a young bear, according to Arizona Fish and Game (AZGFD). It’s been seen on Deerfield Drive and the latest known sighting was on Race Track Road.

Even though the bear is young, people should not attempt to get close or capture it.

According to the AZGFD, black bears should always be considered unpredictable and potentially dangerous.

"Conflicts associated with black bears include public safety concerns and possible property damage,” states the AZGFD website. "Most conflicts are the result of people unintentionally feeding bears, most often by allowing them access to household garbage or bird feeders. They raid dumpsters, garbage cans and grills looking for an easy meal. They might enter a building by breaking screen doors and windows to look for food they smell. Although uncommon, black bear attacks on humans occasionally occur, especially in areas where they come into frequent contact with people and their food."

Recommendations include:

  • "Don't feed or give water to black bears. Be aware that human behaviors, such as feeding other animals, can attract black bears.
  • "Feed your pets inside or remove uneaten pet food between feedings.
  • "Remove garbage regularly or keep in secure buildings.
  • "Remove other enticing food sources, such as birdseed, hummingbird feed (sweet liquid), fruit from trees or shrubs located near buildings.
  • "Remove brush and cover around homes and corrals, creating a 50-yard barrier.
  • "Fences, lighting and dogs have not been found to be effective, long-term deterrents. Bears are good climbers, so to reduce a bear's ability to get over a fence, it should be at least 6 feet tall and constructed of non-climbable material.”

If the bear is seen, call 911 or 800-352-0700 24x7.

Last modified on Saturday, 22 July 2017 22:26
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