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First bear sighting of 2019 reported in the Santa Catalina Mountains

Bear spotted in Santa Catalina Mountains
Posted at 1:57 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 19:06:41-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - State wildlife officials say bears are back and active in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Arizona Game and Fish Department captured video of the bear near the Red Ridge Trail. Officials say it's a sign for hikers to be aware in these areas, and to secure all food and garbage.

AZGFD says if a bear approaches you, to yell and wave your arms.

They also have a 24/7 phone line at 623-236-7201.