Large black bear trapped in tree

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Large black bear trapped in tree

CREATED Jul 17, 2012 - UPDATED: Jul 17, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey
Reporter:Aaron Brackett

HEREFORD, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A large black bear got stuck in a tree in Hereford early Tuesday afternoon.

According to Mark Hart of Arizona Game and Fish, the bear was first seen wandering through a nearby neighborhood around 7 a.m., reportedly not causing any trouble.

Hart said the bear climbed about 20 feet up a 50-foot tree near the corner of Hereford Road and South Carmen Lane. 

Hart said darting the bear could cause significant harm because boulders and a chain-link fence sit on either side of the tree. 


"Bear in mind that this area was devastated by the Monument Fire last year and a great deal of bear habitat was destroyed," said Hart. "This is a young bear, about 2 years old, he may be lost, he may be territorial, he may be hungry. The bottom line is that once the monsoon persists a little further, the habitat will be restored."

Many folks gathered to catch a glimpse of the wild bear. Tracy Valetta has lived in Hereford for seven years and says the Monument fire is still causing problems.

The bear finally came down late Tuesday night and officers followed it toward the Huachuca Mountains.

"I know we have lived here 7 years and until last year, we never saw a snake, and last year the snakes were at our property, so I am sure its because of the fire. I'm sure that's why they are all coming in," said Valetta.