Posted: Oct 5, 2012 1:45 PM by Ian Cross
Updated: Oct 5, 2012 1:51 PM
TUCSON - A black bear cub that was found inside a Sonoita-area home has been transferred to the Heritage Park Zoo in Prescott, Game and Fish officials stated in a news release.
On Thursday, Arizona Game and Fish Department officers responded to a call of a black bear inside a residence, the release stated. The homeowners awoke to find the bear cub had entered the home through an open kitchen window and eaten some chocolate cake.
There was no sign of an adult bear in the area, so Game and Fish removed the cub and transferred it to the Heritage Park Zoo in Prescott.
This year has "proved difficult" for bears in Southern Arizona, the release stated. "The combination of last year's fires and ongoing drought has resulted in a scarcity of natural food sources. Game and Fish cautions residents against leaving any food or trash unsecured - including orchard fruit and pet and bird food - as this may attract wildlife to residential areas."
Game and Fish stated that Arizona is home to an estimated 2,500 black bears, the only species found in this state.
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