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Plan your picnic elsewhere: Bears close Parker Canyon Lake

Several black bears spotted near a Southern Arizona lake have prompted the closure of the recreational area, authorities said. Parker Canyon Lake and Lakeview Campground will remain closed until the bears are trapped and relocated.

The bears have frequented the vicinity over the past few days, Coronado National Forest officials said, "raising the potential for unwanted bear-human interactions."

From an announcement released Tuesday by Forest Service spokeswoman Heidi Schewel:

Black bears are attracted by human food and garbage, which may be present throughout the campground, at the marina, and at homes within the surrounding area.  Campers and picnickers on the Coronado National Forest are encouraged to always keep their recreation sites clean and free of food and trash debris to prevent attracting wildlife to areas that might otherwise be avoided due to human presence.

The lake is in the forest's Sierra Vista Ranger District, south of Elgin and about five miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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A black bear in Canada. The black bear population ranges from Alaska to Northern Mexico.