Apr 27, 2013 1:02 PM by Associated Press

Arizona campers briefed about bear safety

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) - Visitors to campgrounds in the Payson area are being briefed about bear safety following a few attacks last year in the high country.

Television station KPHO reports that groundskeepers at the Ponderosa campground are telling visitors about what precautions to take to avoid an encounter.

Jim Paxton with the Arizona Game and Fish Department says the briefings are a new thing for campers.

They're also giving out pamphlets and warnings are posted all over the campground, which was closed last year because of bear attacks.

Paxton says that until the summer monsoons come and there are more acorns and berries, the bears will be looking for something to eat.

Groundskeepers are urging campers to keep their food stored in a safe place. There are metal boxes at many of the campsites that can be used.


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