Arthur Sanchez has had a passion for the outdoors for years. While he enjoys hunting, he primarily likes to watch animals from a distance with his binoculars.
He also hunts bears and saw about 30 last year and about five so far this year.
When youre in the woods, you just never know what youre going to encounter or when youre going to encounter a bear, he said.
Hes been hunting bears in Arizona for about 6 years and uses his instagram account arizona_bears to teach hunters about the outdoors and about bears.
Dont completely let your guard down because you never know where theres going to be a bear, Sanchez said.
People did see a bear or bears on three occasions in the past week in the lower Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita mountains. Most recently a bear was spotted there on Saturday.
Mark Hart, the public information officer for the Arizona Game and Fish Department in Tucson, said the bear appears to be a young bear or bears and perhaps doesnt have an established territory yet.
As for what kind of bear it is, he said it was a black bear with a blonde coat.
He said this is the time of the year when they usually see wildlife in areas with a lot of people.
Because theyre stressed by the heat and the lack of rain and water and so theyre looking for resources: food, water and shelter, Hart said.
Hart said they are going to relocate the bear or bears far away from the Santa Rita mountains. He said they relocate them far because sometimes bears can walk up to 100 miles back to where they were originally found.
He said if you do see one you can use bear spray by pointing it downwards and if you dont have that, dont play dead. He said its also a good idea if you make noise and stand tall.
If youre attacked he said you should fight back.
Sanchez has a lot of the same advice and said you shouldnt run, but just stay still. He said you should also stay calm and be very careful.
Get outdoors and enjoy the beauty is what I recommend to everybody but be safe, Sanchez said.