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Game and Fish suspends search for attacking bear

Posted at 10:50 AM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 14:03:33-04

The Arizona Game and Fish Department said the search has been suspended for a black bear that attacked a 30-year-old man Sunday near Patagonia.

The search, suspended on Thursday, included placing four trail cameras as well as a bucket snare and culvert trap in the area, predator calling and baiting the attack site. 

The attack happened in the Camp Washington area west of Harshaw Road.

The bear, brown in color with blond streaks, weighed 200 pounds or less and was about two-years-old according to Game and Fish officials.

The victim was treated at Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales for puncture wounds and lacerations to his arms, legs and back. He was released Sunday. He said the bear charged from six feet.

“Despite our inability to locate this relatively small bear, it is still a threat to public safety," said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of the Game and Fish Department in Tucson. "Washington Camp area residents should remain vigilant."

Homeowners in the area should secure their garbage indoors, or in an enclosed covered area until the day of pickup.

Anyone who sees the bear should call 623-236-7201 immediately.