ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Another bear was found too close for comfort, this time in a woman's back yard in the foothills. Game and Fish were able to capture the cub before anyone got hurt, but they said it's something people may see more of.
The cub was alone, very underfed ,and was likely searching for food.
The yearling black bear, captured by New Mexico Game a Fish, was ready Monday to be transported to a rehab facility in Española. The cub, seen by News 13 Monday, appeared timid, cowering in the corner of the trailer.
The female cub was first spotted near a home on Blair Court in northeast Albuquerque, then wandered around neighborhoods, sparking several sightings east of Tramway and north of Indian School.
"We have a lot of pressure out there, we've got drought, we've got forest fires, we've got bear populations that are being displaced," explained Captain Chris Chadwick, with New Mexico Game and Fish.
"So if you live in those areas where you have black bears, which is really most of New Mexico, this is the time of year to be real conscious of anything that you would leave out that the bear could be attracted to," added Chadwick.
KRQE News 13 was there Sunday night around 9 when APD and Game and Fish officials tracked the bear to a tree in a back yard on Singletary Drive. "My wife and I stood out here for quite a while watching the commotion," said Rueben Rodriguez.
Rodriguez lives across the street from where the cub was captured. "It's very scary, and I probably think the reason they're coming down is because they're hungry, you know," added Rodriguez.
Earlier this month, a 400 pound black bear attacked an elderly woman in her home in Cimarron. That bear was killed. Then, a bear was spotted running through neighborhoods near La Cueva High School.
And another recent bear encounter, when a woman picked up a black bear cub near Tijeras and took it to the hospital.
"There's a lot of you know stress on our wildlife, all wildlife species right now are under tremendous stress," said Chadwick. "Food sources are less abundant than normal."
Game and Fish warns people to not keep trash and food outside, and easily available to wildlife. If anyone encounters a bear, they should call Game and Fish.
The most recent cub is now tagged. Chadwick said they have less success relocating older bears, but that this yearling has a better chance for survival. "With the younger bears, if its done right they at least have a chance, so hopefully this little gal will make it," he said.
The plan for the female cub is to fatten her up for the winter. The rehab facility also works with the bears to teach them to stay away from people.
Chadwick said the yearling is about half the weight she should be. After she gets back up to weight, they'll buddy her up with another bear and eventually release them back into the wild.
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