Important News from our local Arizona Game & Fish Department. A man is attacked by a bear 6 miles southeast from Patagonia. Read below for more information:

-A 30-year-old Camp Verde man was attacked by a bear at approximately 2:15 p.m. Sunday in the area west of Harshaw Road and south of Forest Road 4701. The area is approximately 6 miles southeast of Patagonia.

-The victim was treated at Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales and released. He suffered puncture wounds and lacerations to his arms, legs and back in the attack.

-The man said the bear charged from six feet. The victim described the bear as mostly brown with blonde streaks. Homeowners in the area are being notified of the attack.

-The Arizona Game and Fish Department is attempting to locate the bear. Area residents who see the bear and asked to call the Arizona Game and Fish Department immediately at 623-236-7201, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

-Homeowners there should secure their garbage indoors, or in an enclosed covered area, until the day of pickup. If approached by a bear, Game and Fish advises to stand upright and face the animal, wave arms, yell and throw objects. If the bear does not break off its approach, back away slowly but continue to face it.