Third Bear Attack In A Month


Following an unprecedented string of three bear attacks in campgrounds and subdivisions near Tonto Creek, federal trackers have killed three black bears and the U.S. Forest Service has shut down three campgrounds until further notice.

Officials won’t know until at least Thursday when they get the results of DNA tests whether any of the three bears killed were involved in the attacks, but dogs tracked all three from near the Ponderosa Campground.

The Ponderosa, Christopher Creek and Sharp Creek campgrounds will likely remain closed until at least July 15.

The most serious attack came at Sunday, June 24 at 5 a.m. when a bear tore open the tent where a Tempe man, his finance and her one-year-old child were sleeping in the recently re-opened Ponderosa Campground near Tonto Village.

The bear dragged the fiercely resisting, 180-pound, 30-year-old man out of the tent, tore off a piece of his scalp and bit him several times.

Read complete coverage in Tuesday's Roundup.


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