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Black bear sightings shut down Arizona campground

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The U.S. Forest Service has closed the Pioneer Pass area. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The U.S. Forest Service has closed the Pioneer Pass area. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
The last bear sighting was in 2014, when a bear led the Arizona Game and Fish Department on quite a chase through some farm fields in Queen Creek. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The last bear sighting was in 2014, when a bear led the Arizona Game and Fish Department on quite a chase through some farm fields in Queen Creek. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
GLOBE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Over the past few days, there have been several bear sightings at the Pioneer Pass Campground in Globe.

"For whatever reason, this bear has decided that being in that campground or that area is where he or she wants to be" Carrie Templin, a spokeswoman for the Tonto National Forest, said.

Bear sightings in Arizona are not common. The last was in 2014, when a bear led the Arizona Game and Fish Department on quite a chase through some farm fields in Queen Creek.

READ: Close encounter with a black bear (Dec. 23, 2014)

 "We certainly do not want to have any incident between bears and humans," Templin said.

The last bear attack in Arizona was several years ago.

RELATED: 3rd bear attack injures Tempe camper (June 24, 2012)

This is why the U.S. Forest Service has closed the Pioneer Pass area and wants to remind hikers and campers, the dos and don'ts of bear country.

RESOURCE: Living with bears

"If you see a bear and it’s anywhere close to you, look as large as you can, scream, bang on pots and pans -- make lots of noise," Templin advised.

And if the bear comes at you?

"Do not run away. Don't make eye contact and then if, for some reason, a bear does attack, fight for everything you've got," Templin said.

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