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An exclusive look at a bear trap

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CBS 5 News got an exclusive look inside the closed Northern Arizona campground where a bear attacked a woman a little more than a week ago.

The bear is still on the loose and although the ground search was called off, wildlife managers have not given up.

Just down the main road, near the campground host's station, is a live-bear trap.

"They are never that pretty, but they always get the job done," said Game and Fish Wildlife Manager Jarrod McFarlin.

Since a black bear attacked a 74-year-old woman in her tent at the Ponderosa campground a little more than a week ago, the trap was brought in to help catch the animal.

"This is kind of the business end of it," said McFarlin as he showed CBS 5 News around the trap.

It looks like a culvert on wheels and it is parked next to the dumpster, which is one of the last places the bear was spotted looking for food.

"Often times we'll change the bait as needed, but we'll check on it on a daily basis as well as have somebody looking out for it," said McFarlin.

Some of the foods used to catch the bear include honey, fruits, Jell-O and even doughnuts. McFarlin said bears are attracted to the scent of sweet foods.

The food is loaded into a tray at the front of the trap and may be laid along the trap from the back to draw the bear inside. Once the bear crawls in and grabs the food from a tray, a lever drops a door down, trapping the animal.

McFarlin said the bear they are looking for is considered a category 1 bear, which means it is aggressive enough to be destroyed if it is found or captured.

There have been no signs of the bear so far, according to McFarlin.

The Ponderosa Campground is closed indefinitely.   

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