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Fewer bear reports in Albuquerque this year

Created: 05/21/2014 5:52 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It was a sight this time last year along Tramway that was as common as the morning commute: bears wandering the Foothills looking for food and water.

According to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in Albuquerque, there were roughly 400 bear-related nuisance calls made last year beginning in April here in the metro. Most of those calls came from the East Mountains and the Foothills.

This year, though, it has been quiet. Very quiet. Only nine calls have been made so far.

"The numbers are, right now, on par with a more typical year that we see year to year as opposed to what we saw last year," said Chris Chadwick with Game and Fish.

He thinks that the mild temperatures and plentiful vegetation from last year's monsoon has kept the bears in the woods for now.

"During this time of year, there really is generally an abundance of food available to them. A lot of the vegetation is succulent and it's palatable for the bears," Chadwick said.

He warns that it's still early and with the lack of rain we've had recently, it may be just a matter of time before bears are on the hunt in this part of town.     

If you end up seeing a bear, here is some information on how you can keep yourself safe along with bears that you may cross:

http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/publications/documents/BearsAlive.pdf


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