Bear sightings in southeastern Arizona

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A bear was found roaming around Sierra Vista in 2012. By Jennifer Thomas A bear was found roaming around Sierra Vista in 2012. By Jennifer Thomas
Bear suspected of attacking a Gilbert woman in Pinetop in June 2011. By Jennifer Thomas Bear suspected of attacking a Gilbert woman in Pinetop in June 2011. By Jennifer Thomas
Peoria police and the Arizona Game and Fish Department captured a black bear wandering in a neighborhood in the Wing Mountain in 2011. By Natalie Flanzer Peoria police and the Arizona Game and Fish Department captured a black bear wandering in a neighborhood in the Wing Mountain in 2011. By Natalie Flanzer

PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities are monitoring bear activity in southeastern Arizona after several sightings in the region this year.
 
The Arizona Game and Fish Department says a young black bear is suspected of blowing out an electrical transformer after climbing a tree last week near Duncan along the New Mexico border. The same bear is believed to have been spotted in the area on other occasions.
 
In a separate incident, the agency says a female bear and two cubs may have killed chickens on property south of Globe a week ago.
 
Other bears also have been spotted in the area.
 
Officials say bears are often attracted to populated areas looking for food. They say garbage should be stored in secured containers.
 
The department says fencing, lighting and dogs are not good long-term deterrents.

There have been several bear sightings and attacks in Arizona in recent years, including a black bear that was caught in a Mesa neighborhood; a Gilbert woman who died after being mauled in Pinetop; a bear found wandering in Peoria; a bear that was roaming around Sierra Vista; a man who was attacked during a trip to Ponderosa Campground near Payson; a woman who was attacked while in a tent near Payson and a man who was bitten while sleeping in a cabin near Payson.