Bear spotted on Mt. Lemmon moved to Bearizona Wildlife Park

Posted at 9:19 AM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 12:22:46-04

A young black bear that was spotted on Mount Lemmon has been captured and moved to Bearizona Wildlife Park near Williams.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department captured the bear on Friday after it was considered a public safety risk. The female bear arrived at its new home on Saturday. Bearizona officials named her Lemmon.

According to wildlife officials, Lemmon had lost her fear of people and was spotted on Mt. Lemmon eight times since May. The bear's behavior escalated and sometimes she was seen following hikers and trying to enter a cabin.

Mount Lemmon is a popular hiking and camping destination in the summer because its high elevation offers cooler temperatures.