UPDATE: Young black bear captured near Ina and La Cañada

Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 7:54 AM MST|Updated: Aug. 14, 2022 at 3:59 PM MST
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ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The young black bear spotted in the Oro Valley and Casas Adobes areas over the last few days has been captured.

Arizona Game and Fish said it was caught near Ina and La Canada around 5:30 p.m. It was tranquilized and will be released in a remote location.

AZGFD said the capture of the young female black bear was made possible by tips from residents.

Here’s some video from AZ Game and Fish showing the bear’s capture.

Posted by Mary Coleman KOLD on Saturday, August 13, 2022

Early Friday, Aug. 12, the bear was seen at a home near Ina and Oracle roads. It was later spotted near Oracle and River Road around 4:30 p.m.

On Thursday, it was spotted near Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, which is just over three miles from Oracle and Ina.

On Wednesday, it was seen near Ina and Oracle.

Mark Hart with the Arizona Game and Fish Department said there’s a possibility this could be the same bear that was spotted at Fort Lowell Park in May. Hart said it appears to be a 2 to 3-year-old black bear.

Officials said securing trash and outdoor food source attractants can go a long way in keeping wildlife out of neighborhoods. For more tips, go to http://BearWise.org.

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