June 29, 2012
Arizona Game and Fish officers killed three bears over the weekend, including two young male bears near Ponderosa Campground. The third bear, an adult female, was killed in the Hellsgate Wilderness.
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None of the three bears Game and Fish employees killed recently had rabies test show, which some officials feared might be the cause of their unusually aggressive behavior. State authorities are still waiting for DNA results to confirm whether any of the three bears killed by a federal contract hunter were involved in the three attacks on humans some 12 miles northeast of Payson.