Bear relocated from Sierra Vista
Residents south of Fry Boulevard asked to be cautious
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Web Producer: Mekita Rivas
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking residents from Fry Boulevard south to Hereford to take precautions following the relocation of a Black bear.
Weighing between 150 to 170 pounds, the female bear was tranquilized near Foothills Drive and Highway 92 late Wednesday. The bear was moved out of the area to be released elsewhere.
Since July, three bears have been relocated from Hereford by the department.
“It is critical that area residents keep garbage cans inside even if they are empty until the day of trash pickup,” said Raul Vega, regional supervisor of Game and Fish in Tucson, in a news release. “Trash maintenance issues may be luring bears into residential areas. In addition, other bear attractants include seed from bird feeders, hummingbird feeders and fruit-bearing trees and gardens. Game and Fish asks that all residents be diligent and secure all food sources until further notice."
A combination of dry winters and a habitat damaged by the Monument Fire in 2011 has limited the availability of bear food sources like Manzanita nuts, juniper berries and acorns in the Huachucas Mountains, said Brad Fulk, Game and Fish field supervisor for the area.