One neighbor eventually retrieved his rifle and shot the bear, causing it to disengage but Jackson had succumbed to his injuries by then. The YCSO dispatch center received a number of 911 calls around 7:50 a.m., but by the time deputies and Prescott Police arrived, both Jackson and the bear were dead. The incident is still under investigation, but one theory is that the attack was predatory, YCSO said. Arizona Game and Fish Department, who were also on-scene that day, said in a statement that Jackson was not provoking the bear. “Our hearts go out to Mr. Jackson’s family over today’s tragic incident,” said Todd Geiler, a member of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. “This was an especially aggressive, unprovoked attack that reminds us that wildlife can be unpredictable. On behalf of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, and the entire staff of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, we offer our sincere condolences during this difficult time.” AZGFD will examine the bear carcass, which they will test for disease. Bear attacks are rare in Arizona. There have been 15 since 1990, according to AZGFD. Jackson’s was the second fatal attack since then, which is as far back as the department’s database goes. The first fatal attack was in 2011, in Pinetop, Arizona. Black bears are the only bear species in Arizona. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
BEAR ATTACKS AND KILLS MAN IN WOODS AROUND PRESCOTT At about 7:50 this morning, the YCSO dispatch center received multiple 911 calls about a man who was being mauled by a bear in the Groom Creek area. Full Info https://t.co/uuuTYI9PU2 IG post by @ycsoaz https://t.co/Efz8T27M4z pic.twitter.com/JG6L35z5hE— Yavapai Co Sheriff’s Office (@YavapaiSheriff) June 16, 2023