Warning for recreationists near White Spar Campground and within the Granite Basin Recreation Area. There have been several reports of bears in the campground, along trails and in day use locations getting into
trash. No human encounters reported. Below are some tips to be “Bear Aware.”
• Keep a clean campsite. Store food and garbage out of sight and in closed vehicles.
• Never put food scraps or litter in the campfire; it attracts bears and skunks.
• Don’t keep food, medicine, chap stick, shampoo – Anything that smells – in tents or
• Store stoves, barbeques, and dutch ovens in a vehicle or secure place when not using. Do
not pour used cooking oil or food remnants on the ground.
• When camping in the back country hang food and garbage from a tree limb, at least 10
feet from the ground and 5 feet from the tree trunk. This tree should be at least 100 yards
from your sleeping area.
• Some bears also target motor oil, insect repellant, liquor and other things that look like
food. Make sure you put these items away.
• Never approach or follow a bear (especially a cub)
• Stay on established trails
• Hike during daylight hours – only
• Hike in groups
• Make your presence known – call out
Remember: Never feed a bear. A fed bear is a dead bear.
To report a bear in or around campgrounds, recreation areas, or in neighborhoods, call the AZ Game and Fish emergency line at 623-236-7201. For more information on living with bears visit: Living_with_Bears_lowres.pdf
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