A state authorized hunt for five bears in Southern Arizona is over without any of the animals being shot.
The state game and fish department says it approved the hunt in September after a number of close encounters between bears and people in Sierra Vista and the Huachuca Mountains. This includes one where a bear sat in a tree for several hours before it came down.
Game and fish says the bears are assumed to be hibernating for the winter. But they could cause problems again next spring, after they wake up and go looking for food.
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