UPDATE: Wildlife officials put down bear that was roaming foothills neighborhood

Published: May. 24, 2017 at 8:02 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 11:19 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A black bear was shot and killed after it wandered into a Tucson neighborhood Wednesday morning, May 24.

According to Arizona Game and Fish Department spokesman Mark Hart, the bear was put down at 9:35 a.m. after it charged at an officer.

The bear had been spotted several times since this weekend, from a campground on Mount Lemmon to neighborhoods off of East Skyline Drive.

Hart said the bear had been relocated from Greer in eastern Arizona to a remote location north of Globe and its history and behaviors in populated areas dictated it be put down.

He said, "It was a clear-cut decision" after the bear charged the officers.

An autopsy indicated the bear had been eating food discarded by people, according to Hart.

On Tuesday, wildlife officials issued a warning to hikers and campers on Mount Lemmon after three bear sightings.

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