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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 15, 2008:
BLACK BEARS ON THE MOVE AROUND SANTA FE AND COMMUNITIES STATEWIDE
SANTA FE -- The Department of Game and Fish responded to reports of two bears Thursday -- one at Santa Fe High School and another at the New Mexico State Penitentiary.
Officers captured a small female bear at the penitentiary and transported it to The Wildlife Center in Espanola, where it will be given a health exam before it is released. The bear that visited Santa Fe High School ran into a thickly vegetated residential area and could not be located. Department of Game and Fish and City of Santa Fe Animal Control officers were still in the area Thursday afternoon.
Springtime in New Mexico usually means bears are on the move and looking for food in the mountains, foothills and bordering communities throughout New Mexico. Often, young bears away from their mothers for the first time are looking for new territory -- and food.
Residents and visitors in bear country statewide are reminded to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves, their property, and the bears.
The Department of Game and Fish publishes a booklet, "Living with Large Predators," which is available on the Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us , or by calling (505) 476-8000. The booklet contains important information about bears, cougars and coyotes and how to avoid conflicts with them.
If you see a bear and consider it a safety threat, please contact your local Department of Game and Fish conservation officer, police or sheriff's office. You also can call the Department office in Santa Fe at (505) 476-8000, or area offices in Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Here are some suggestions about safely coexisting with bears: