Three bears reunited; removed from Sierra Vista area - Tucson News Now

Three bears reunited; removed from Sierra Vista area

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One of two bear cubs removed near Sierra Vista area (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department) One of two bear cubs removed near Sierra Vista area (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)
Cubs waiting to be reunited with their mother. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department) Cubs waiting to be reunited with their mother. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)
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Written by Angeline Carbajal/Tucson News Now Intern

Arizona Game and Fish wildlife officers and the Fort Huachuca Fire Department reunited a female bear with her two cubs Friday on Fort Huachuca, according to an AZGFD release.

The mother and cubs were scavenging through garbage when they were frightened and ran up trees. The mother was approximately 100 yards from her cubs when she climbed down the tree, but climbed up another tree again after she was frightened by AZGFD officers.

AZGFD and FHFD removed the two cubs by hand from one tree and safely removed the mother 200 yards away using a tranquilizer. The bears were then moved to a different location.

AZGFD asks all residents in bear-prone areas to keep their garbage in enclosed areas such as garages or sheds until pickup day. Also, residents should remove anything that will attract animals such as bird seed and hummingbird feeders and tree fruit.

The three bears make nine total bears reported in June in the Sierra Vista area. Anyone who fails to remove bear attractants after being warned face citations up to $2,500 under Cochise County ordinances.

Those with information about apparent wildlife violations or nuisances should call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700 or go online to http://www.azgfd.gov/ogt_form.shtml  any time and day of the week.

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