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.
1st confirmed bear sighting of 2019 for SE AZ; Red Ridge Trail, Santa Catalinas. Time to be Bear Aware out there. Secure food & garbage in camp, never take food in tent, wash up & change after cooking. Face it upright if approached, yell, wave arms; call 623-236-7201 ASAP 24&7. pic.twitter.com/TVK948kW7B— AZ Game & Fish Dept (@azgfdTucson) April 15, 2019
They also have a 24/7 phone line at 623-236-7201.