ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona Game and Fish advises against giving wildlife food, littering

Jul 3, 2021, 12:00 PM | Updated: 3:57 pm
(Photo provided by Arizona Game and Fish Department)...
(Photo provided by Arizona Game and Fish Department)
(Photo provided by Arizona Game and Fish Department)

PHOENIX — Wildlife officials advised Friday to those living in or visiting bear country to not feed or leave food accessible to wildlife.

Though bears are typically shy and tend to avoid humans, the reduced amount of vegetation due to rising temperatures and dry conditions raise the chance for bears to wander into unusual areas in search of food, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

“If a bear becomes habituated to getting food from trash cans and other human sources, it’s only a matter of time before it loses its fear of humans and begins to actively search out other human food sources,” AZGFD Flagstaff supervisor Larry Phoenix said in a press release.

“At that point, the bear becomes a threat to public safety.”

To avoid attracting bears and other animals, wildlife officials suggest making sure trash is inside a secured area, bird feeders be taken down at night and keeping pet or livestock food inside or remove all uneaten food.

Despite recent forest closure due to wildfires and hot, dry conditions, officials also suggested keeping food inaccessible to bears when camping, hiking in groups and avoiding campsite areas where bears might forage for food, such as creeks, rivers and other bodies of water.

Bear sightings in areas where there are people present should be reported to AZGFD’s dispatch center at 623-236-7201.

For questions about living with bears, visit AZGFD‘s website.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/Brophy College Preparatory)...
Associated Press

Brophy College Prep in Phoenix reports widespread cheating

The principal of Brophy College Preparatory says the prestigious private Phoenix high school has learned of “widespread even pervasive” cheating in its all-male student body.
21 hours ago
Clouds pass over drought-stricken Lake Mead on May 10, 2022 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Ar...
Associated Press

Tucson willing to take 20% less water to help Lake Mead shortage

The Tucson City Council included its potential willingness to take 20% less CAP water to keep more in the reservoir.
21 hours ago
(Facebook photo / State Farm Stadium)...
Associated Press

Glendale adopts new short-term rental regulations ahead of Super Bowl

Glendale has preemptively adopted rules regulating short-term rental properties before the city welcomes visitors for the 2023 Super Bowl.
21 hours ago
(Pexels photo)...
KTAR.com

Arizona sees significant jobs increase in April, per employment report

The state of Arizona saw a 13,100 jobs increase in the month of April, according to the Arizona Commerce Authority's monthly report.
21 hours ago
(Pexels photo)...
KTAR.com

Rio Salado’s Dental Clinic offering free dental work to Arizona’s veterans on Saturday

Arizona's veterans can receive free dental cleanings, dentures, fillings, oral surgery and crowns Saturday at Rio Salado’s Dental Clinic.
21 hours ago
A 9mm pistol build kit with a commercial slide and barrel with a polymer frame is displayed during ...
KTAR.com

Felon from Arizona convicted of firearm, ammo possession, including ‘ghost gun’

An Arizona felon was found guilty of illegally possessing over 20 firearms, including a “ghost gun,” and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Christina O’Haver

Stroke month: Experts call attention to stroke prevention

Every 40 seconds—that’s how often someone has a stroke in the United States. It’s the fifth leading cause of death among Americans, with someone dying of a stroke every 3.5 minutes.
...
Canvas Annuity

The secret to guaranteed retirement income

Annuities aren’t really a secret, but they are so misunderstood that they might as well be. Once you understand what an annuity is and how it can benefit you, you could decide this “secret” is the perfect supplement to your retirement plan.
(Twitter photo / Coco5)...
Coco5

Suns star Devin Booker’s all-natural sports drink Coco5 perfect for any activity

Devin Booker is leading the Suns in pursuit of their first NBA championship while also working to provide people proper hydration with Coco5.
Arizona Game and Fish advises against giving wildlife food, littering