MCSO issues warning for Black Bears in Desert Springs area

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Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of black bears have been sighted two times wandering around the town of Desert Springs in the Arizona Strip area. Fish and Game is aware and is attempting to locate them.

MCSO is also in the area checking. We recommend the following tips:
• Never feed or approach a bear!
• Remain calm if you encounter a bear. Do not run from it.
• Make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, singing, clapping your hands, or
making other noises.
• Make sure the bear has an escape route.
• If a bear enters your home, provide it with an escape route by propping all doors open.
• Avoid direct eye contact, which may be perceived by a bear as a challenge. Never run from a bear. Instead,
slowly back away.
• To scare the bear away, make loud noises by yelling, banging pots and pans or using an airhorn. Make
yourself look as big as possible by waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand close together with
your arms raised above your head.
• The bear may utter a series of huffs, make popping jaw sounds by snapping its jaws and swat the ground.
These are warning signs that you are too close. Slowly back away, avoid direct eye contact and do not run.
• If a bear stands on its hind legs or moves closer, it may be trying to get a better view or detect scents in the air.
It is usually not a threatening behavior.
• Black bears will sometimes “bluff charge” when cornered, threatened or attempting to steal food. Stand your ground, avoid direct eye contact, then slowly back away and do not run.
• If the bear does not leave, move to a secure area.

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