June 26, 2012
Jason Amperse points to claw marks on a backyard barbecue grill made by a black bear. Later, the bear entered the unfinished home where Amperse was sleeping and bit him on the leg.
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Hunters kill three bears in effort to halt rare rash of attacks
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.
A man bitten by a bear Thursday night was back to work Monday, just feet from the site of the attack. Jason Amperse, 29, is the second of three people attacked by a black bear in recent weeks. Amperse sustained only minor injuries — two small puncture wounds on his calf and a few scratches. On May 31, a bear took a swipe at a 74-year-old woman sleeping in a tent in Ponderosa Campground, cutting her scalp. Then on Sunday morning, a bear mauled another camper in the same campground, this time nearly killing him before campers could scare it off.