ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque just can't seem to shake its bear problem with at least two more bears finding their way into the city Thursday morning.
One got away and another was captured.
Residents in one neighborhood woke up to a large bear going through trash. When authorities showed up, it made its way high up into a tree in a backyard on the 13000 block of Sunset Canyon Drive NE east of Montgomery and Tramway.
Neighbors spotted the bear just before 5 a.m. Two tranquilizers later, the 300-pound adult male fell to the ground.
About three miles to the north near Pino Ridge Place NE another bear was spotted around the same time.
That bear ran back up the mountain.
There were also reports of a bear sighting a block south near Anasazi NE although it's unclear if it was the same bear or a different one.
This was the third day in a row for bear sightings in the foothills.
Another bear was found up in a tree on Tuesday , safely captured and then released in the Santa Fe National Forest.
The on Wednesday an aged bear in bad shape was found in a driveway. She had to be euthanized.
The bear captured Thursday had not been taken into custody before is expected to be released back into the wild on Friday, a spokesman for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish told KRQE News 13.
With the ongoing drought it's not uncommon for wild animals to come down from the mountains in search of water and food.
To avoid bear encounters Game and Fish discourages bird feeders and recommends keeping garbage in air-tight containers, bringing in pet food at night and cleaning promptly cleaning outdoor grills after use because bears can smell sweet barbecue sauce and grease for miles.
Game officers tracked and killed a bear on Sunday after it rampaged through a campground near Raton Sunday and tore into a tent occupied by two women. The department determined the bear was drawn to the campground by bird feeders put out by campers.
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