NEAR TUCSON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - With temperatures warming up, it's time to be on the lookout for bears in the Arizona Wilderness.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department posted a video on Monday of a bear on the Red Ridge Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains, which are northeast of Tucson.
Officials said it's the first confirmed sighting of a bear in 2019 in southeastern Arizona.
If you encounter a bear, back away slowly to a place of safety, if available. If a bear continues to approach, try to scare it away by making yourself look as large as possible, making loud noises, and throwing objects at it. Do not run. In the rare event of a bear attack, fight back aggressively and use bear spray.
For more information or questions on living with bears and keeping wildlife wild, click here.
1st confirmed bear sighting of 2019 for SE AZ; Red Ridge Trail, Santa Catalinas. Time to be Bear Aware out there. Secure food & garbage in camp, never take food in tent, wash up & change after cooking. Face it upright if approached, yell, wave arms; call 623-236-7201 ASAP 24&7. pic.twitter.com/TVK948kW7B— AZ Game & Fish Dept (@azgfdTucson) April 15, 2019