Bear that clawed camper in Arizona is trapped, euthanized

YOUNG, Ariz. (AP) -- State wildlife officials say a black bear that clawed a camper in north-central Arizona has been trapped and euthanized.

Arizona Game and Fish Department officials say the young male bear was caught in a culvert trap Wednesday night.

They say the bear was identified by a unique hind paw pad that matched tracks found at the campsite.

Officials say there were unsecured food sources and garbage in the area and a field necropsy revealed garbage in the bear's stomach contents.

They say the bear was investigating an undeveloped camp early Wednesday and pawed a man in a sleeping bag near Cherry Creek in Young, Arizona.

Bear spray was used and the animal retreated.

The man in his 20s was treated at a hospital and released. His name hasn't been released.

AZGFD says to take these steps to minimize bear encounters: