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Bear that eluded capture in eastern Phoenix suburb is spotted again, triggering new search

In this Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 video frame image provided courtesy of KPHO/CBS5AZ.com, an Arizona Game and Fish officer tries to tranquilize a bear in an East Valley field Monday morning in Mesa, Ariz. Television news helicopters captured video of the bear bounding across an alfalfa field on the outskirts of Mesa, and then standing within feet of a game warden wielding a tranquilizer gun. The bear proved elusive after it entered a former General Motors test site filled with fields, shrubbery and trees.  (AP Photo/CBS 5 News) MANDATOTY CREDIT KPHO/CBS5AZ.COM

In this Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 video frame image provided courtesy of KPHO/CBS5AZ.com, an Arizona Game and Fish officer tries to tranquilize a bear in an East Valley field Monday morning in Mesa, Ariz. Television news helicopters captured video of the bear bounding across an alfalfa field on the outskirts of Mesa, and then standing within feet of a game warden wielding a tranquilizer gun. The bear proved elusive after it entered a former General Motors test site filled with fields, shrubbery and trees. (AP Photo/CBS 5 News) MANDATOTY CREDIT KPHO/CBS5AZ.COM  (The Associated Press)

Wildlife officials say a black bear that caused a stir when it ran through a field in a Phoenix suburb has been spotted again.

Arizona Game and Fish spokeswoman Amy Burnett says residents reported seeing the bear twice in an hour Tuesday morning in east Mesa.

Burnett says wildlife personnel have been searching near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, but the animal hasn't been located.

Officials say they hope to relocate the bear to a more suitable habitat.

TV news helicopters captured video Monday of the bear running across an alfalfa field. The bear proved elusive after getting into a former General Motors test site that's too big to track.

Officials say the sighting is rare for the Phoenix metro area, where a bear is spotted once every two years.

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Information from: KPHO-TV, http://www.kpho.com/