PAYSON, Ariz. — Arizona authorities have killed two bears in the Tonto
National Forest after three attacks on as many people since May 31 in the Payson area.
State Game and Fish Department officials said two packs of hound dogs picked up
the scents Sunday night of two bears near the Ponderosa Campground, the site of
the recent attacks.
One male black bear was found a mile below the campground and one large adult
female was found in Hellsgate Wilderness.
The hounds chased the bears into trees and officials fatally shot both of the
Authorities said they are conducting tests on the dead bears to determine if they are the ones involved in the non-fatal attacks.
Forest officials have temporarily closed several campground areas because of
the bear attacks.