Bear spotted in northeast Mesa neighborhood

- Wildlife officials are searching for a bear that was spotted in a northeast Mesa neighborhood near Power and Thomas Roads.

The bear was first spotted on Wednesday near a golf course and then on Thursday in a neighborhood near Red Mountain Ranch.

Officials with the Arizona Game and Fish Department are actively trying to catch the bear that was seen walking along the sidewalk of a residential area.

AZGFD says the bear appears to be juvenile, has not shown any aggression and seems to be steering clear of people. However, officials are cautioning the public against approaching the animal.

On Thursday afternoon, AZGFD officials say crews have searched the area since dawn Thursday, but there have been no substantiated bear sightings, and the bear appears to have gone back safely in the wild. A search is ongoing to make sure of that.

The bear, according to AZGFD officials, appears to still be afraid of human contact, making it a good candidate for relocation.

They're asking for anyone to report any first-hand sightings by calling the AZGFD radio room at (623) 236-7201.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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