The Arizona Game and Fish Department officials tranquilized and relocated a male bear on Sunday, April 21 in Prescott Valley. Local police who reported that around 8 p.m. a bear was spotted in the Prescott Valley Old Town Plaza parking lot.
According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, two Prescott Valley officers responded and located the bear, which ran up a tree at a nearby residence. The bear remained in the tree until Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) wildlife managers could respond, tranquilize the sub-adult bear and relocate it.
“It’s that time of year when bears have awoken hungry and are in search of easy food and water,” said Regional Supervisor Larry Phoenix, of AZGFD’s Kingman office. “Thankfully we were able to safely return this bear to the wild. However, that isn’t always the case as bears can become dangerous after they’ve been habituated to human sources of food and denied their next meal.”
Under department policy, wildlife officers consider the bear’s behavior, age, sex and whether it’s a threat to human safety when determining what action to take on when to relocate or lethally remove a bear.