Nuisance bear spotted, killed in Madera Canyon

Published: Nov. 21, 2016 at 12:00 AM MST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2016 at 9:23 AM MST
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PIMA COUNTY, AZ ( Tucson News Now) - The bear responsible for multiple trail closures in Madera Canyon has been killed, according to Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Hikers in Madera Canyon spotted a bear on their trip through Old Baldy Trail on Sunday.

The trail was reopened a few days ago on November 16. Previous bear sighting in the area in September and October caused parts of Madera Canyon to close.

Tucson New Now's own Christine Pae recorded video of the bear Sunday. She and other hikers reported it to AZGFD.

Mark Hart, spokesman for the department, said Sunday that the bear was positively identified as the same one that was considered a nuisance in the area.

A team from AZGFD responded to the trail and killed the bear at approximately 4:30 p.m., according to Hart.

Hart explained that the decision to kill the bear instead of relocating it was due to the tendency that nuisance bears will return to their habitat and in this case, continue to pose a threat to humans, according to AZGFD.

Hart said the bear was a 175-pound female.

Pae's video from Sunday shows a group of people yelling and banding together to scare the bear away from the trail.

Hart said it was the right thing to do, but the bear's lack of fear is what worried AZGFD.

"That's why we consider it to be so dangerous," he said.

The team from AZGFD believed the bear was shadowing hikers and following some from a distance.

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