Bear found wandering around north Peoria neighborhood


by Natalie Rivers

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 3 at 9:09 AM

PEORIA, Ariz. - Peoria police along with Arizona Game and Fish captured a black bear wandering in a neighborhood in the Wing Mountain area over the weekend.

On Saturday around 11:30 p.m. a caller reported seeing a bear in the front yard of his home near 83rd Avenue and Jomax Road.

Peoria Animal Control and patrol officers responded but lost sight of the bear.

Six hours later, early Sunday morning, another caller reported seeing the bear near the Sunrise Mountain Public Library on Lake Pleasant Parkway.

Officers responded and kept a loose perimeter while they waited for Game and Fish to arrive.

Game and Fish personnel were able to safely tranquilize the bear and transport the adolescent male into a natural habitat at an undisclosed location in northern Arizona.

According to Game and Fish, the bear appeared to be a 1-1/2-year-old North American black bear weighing approximately 80 pounds and in good health.

Game and Fish said typically, this type of bear would remain with its mother until it was closer to 2 years old, but common circumstances would result in an earlier separation.

Peoria police believe the bear wandered down from the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains.

The pictures indicate he was not being aggressive as he was hiding and peeking out from his location near the library.

Peoria police said this is a reminder of the delicate balance between nature and suburban living, warning residents to not provide food and water to these animals.