Arizona

Jun 24, 2012 6:07 PM

3 campgrounds closed due to bear attacks

PAYSON, Ariz. -A bear attacked a sleeping man on Sunday morning, prompting the closure of the Ponderosa campground for the second time this summer.

"We want to express our concern and convey our positive thoughts for the victim and his loved ones," Forest Supervisor, Neil Bosworth said, "we wish him a speedy recovery".

Forest supervisors have decided to close both Christopher Campground and Sharp Creek Campground located in Payson, due to the many bear sightings and attacks in the last two months.

Forest officials closed the Ponderosa campground for nearly two weeks after an attack on May 31, when a bear entered a tent in the Ponderosa Campground and clawed a sleeping woman. The woman's injuries were not life-threatening.

According to Arizona Game and Fish officials, there was another bear attack on a sleeping construction worker in the Thompson Draw area on Friday. The bear bit the man's lower leg while he was sleeping on a cot in a cabin east of Payson.

Arizona Game and Fish officers will continue to investigate the incident. The department is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services to track the bear.

Ponderosa, Christopher, and Sharp Creek Campground will be closed until July 15.

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