CORRALES, N.M. (KRQE) - A young bear traveled a long way, likely coming down the mountain through the Bosque and across the river to get his paws on some food.
He found it in the form of chickens in the backyard of a Corrales home.
KRQE News 13 was there for his capture today and he didn't make it easy for humans to get him.
People gathered to get a look at a bear which cause excitement at the normally-quiet residence.
"I bought this property in 2002 because it was very secluded and very quiet and it kind of changed overnight here," said homeowner Tony Davis who owned the chickens.
While there have been plenty of bears roaming the foothills in Albuquerque, Game and Fish say they rarely find them this far from the mountains.
"We've had a couple calls over the last few days on this bear here," said Chris Chadwick of Game and Fish. "It's not typically where bears frequent."
Davis said the bear had been there for about three days.
"I have four Weimaraners and they've been just uncontrollable and barking and I can't get them to stop."
Davis says the bear was after his other animals on his property and he got at least one of them.
"Last night, he raided the chicken coop in my guest house over here and he got a chicken," he said.
On Tuesday, neighbors spotted the bear hanging out 50 feet up in Davis' cottonwood tree.
"Once it's up a tree, that's pretty much what we want. We're able to take our time and do what we need to do to catch that bear," Chadwick said.
PNM helped out with trucks that could reach the bear. Neighbors also pitched in with bales of hay to keep the bear from landing on a fence.
Then a Game and Fish officer took aim, darting the bear with a tranquilizer. The bear kept hanging on, then hit the hay and landed on a bear bag.
While neighbors say it was time for the bear to go, they were glad it left uninjured.
"I think the bear is going to be fine," Davis said. "Thank you, thank you. I don't want a bear here, but i don't want it injured, either."
Game and Fish aren't sure where the 175-pound bear came from because he hadn't been tagged before.
Right now the bear is at the Albuquerque Game and Fish office and officials haven't said where he will be set free.
While the roads were looking clearer Friday morning in the Albuquerque area, appearances can be deceiving
Today's top headlines with Matt Mauro and Elizabeth Alvarez. Weather with Meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke
In nearly seven decades spent fighting for freedom and equality, Nelson Mandela inspired and challenged the world to stand up for others. As word of Mandela's death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and …
Four and a half years after he went to prison, former state senate leader Manny Aragon is out.
A suspected meth kingpin the FBI thought might be hiding out in New Mexico has been captured.
The popular Capulin Snow Play Area near Sandia Peak will be closed for the second year in a row.