Outdoor Lover wrote:@Tough_Boots
I agree, are they going to just eliminate every bear within 100 miles of the Rim now? They could be tranquilizing them, taking a blood sample for DNA, putting collars on them, and when they find their "suspect", they go back out and dispatch him. Not just mow down every bear they see, geez!!! I'm surprised that haven't shot any cubs yet on their little killing spree. Now you've got citizens with guns shooting at every thing they see too, regardless of whether the bear is being a problem or not....
Unfortunately I think the problem is a lack of money. The Forest Service and AZ Game & Fish Dept. are both facing severe budgetary pressure, and it's a lot cheaper to shoot a bear than it is to tranquilize one and study it. That's sad, but I doubt this game plan changes any time soon.
I'm sure there are bear-proof trashcans at Ponderosa CG, and it is illegal to feed bears. Therefore the bear(s) either became habituated to human food intentionally or due to lack of proper disposal or the situation in terms of natural bear food is so bad that they're this desperate. I'd bet on the former, but the latter is most certainly a contributing factor.