State wildlife officials say a man was scratched through his sleeping bag by a bear at a camping area in north-central Arizona.

They say the bear was investigating the man's camp early Wednesday and pawed at the sleeping bag near Cherry Creek in Young, Arizona.

Bear spray was used and the animal retreated.

Arizona Game and Fish Department officials say the man in his 20s was treated at a hospital and released. His name wasn't immediately released.

They believe the bear was small and possibly young.

National Park Service

Officials with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have issued new orders to keep bears away from campsites. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, campers will now have to keep food locked in their cars overnight. 

Arizona Game and Fish

Across the Southwest more and more bears have shown up in people’s kitchens, garages and flower beds. Wildlife officials in Colorado say in that state alone they had to euthanize 133 “problem bears” last year. And in Arizona at least a dozen bears have been euthanized, and scores of sightings have many people rattled.