- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Wildlife officials are considering what to do with a nuisance bear in the Santa Rita Mountains that reportedly charged within 10 feet of hikers.

Arizona Game and Fish Department officials say they are considering lethally removing the bear, as its behavior has been escalating.

The bear has been spotted multiple times since September near a trail in the Santa Rita Mountains, which are located about 40 miles south of Tucson. Hikers have been warned to stay away from the Old Baldy Trail until the issue has been resolved.

The bear is described as medium sized and weighing between 150 and 200 pounds.

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