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.


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