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Mt. Lemmon officials educated visitors about bears

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MT. LEMMON - Mount Lemmon saw crowds Sunday, as people escaped from the heat and enjoyed Father’s Day. Rose Canyon campground re-opened two days earlier, on Friday morning.

It had been closed for five days for a bear that was discovered by a camper, peering in to their trailer.

Bear traps were set, but did not catch the bear. It’s believed to be a male weighing more than two-hundred pounds.

Two Game and Fish officers were assigned to Rose Canyon Lake Sunday to check for fishing licenses, as well as be present in case the bear chose to return.

Bear safety tips were handed out to each visitor at the front gate. Some of the tips offered to visitors are below:


  • If you see a bear close by stand up straight, wave your arms, yell, throw anything you have on hand (do not bend down to get something)
  • Never run or play dead
  • Do not turn your back on the bear
  • While hiking make noise. This alerts a bear of your presence and gives the bear time to get away without feeling threatened


  • Use a bear-proof bear box to store all food.
  • Never cook or eat in your tent
  • Don’t bring anything that smells in your tent, including toothpaste, perfume, deodorant, candy and wrappers


  • You are twice as likely to be attacked by bear in Arizona, than a mountain lion
  • A bear’s sense of smell is better than dogs
  • Bears rarely attack, but when they do it is on all fours with their head down
  • If you see a bear standing on its hind legs, it’s likely trying to identify you by scent or sight
  • When bears get a taste of human food, they become disinterested in eating food in their natural habitat
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