TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona wildlife officials are warning hikers to watch out for a bear in an area of the Santa Rita Mountains.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has received multiple reports in the past week of a bear siting in Madera Canyon, about 25 miles southeast of Tucson.
In one three close encounters, officials say a hiker was able to flee but left her backpack behind.
The bear at the food inside and the hiker later recovered her backpack.
The animal is described as dark brown or black and weighing approximately 200 pounds.
The wildlife agency advises anyone who runs into a bear to stay calm and slowly back away.
Hikers should not run or play dead.