State officials are warning visitors to be "bear aware" in the Madera Canyon area, after a hiker was charged by a young bear Sunday morning.

State officials are warning visitors to the Santa Rita Mountains to be "bear aware."

At about 7 a.m. Monday, a bear charged a hiker about two miles up the Super Trail, according to a tweet from the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Officials said the bear got within 10 feet of the hiker.

The bear was described as being young and light in color.

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