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Rogue bear swats camper

Arizona Game and Fish is hunting a bear that ripped through a couple’s tent early Thursday morning in a popular campground just east of Payson. The bear reportedly swiped a couple’s tent and clawed the head of a 74-year-old woman sleeping inside. The woman was treated at Payson Regional Medical Center for non-threatening injuries and released. The attack prompted Tonto National Forest officials to close Ponderosa Campground and the surrounding area until Aug. 31. David Daniels, wildlife manager with Game and Fish, said he had been looking for the bear since soon after the attack, but had not located it as of Thursday night.

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