More bears were spotted close to home. One was captured in a place they haven't been seen lately, in the Westgate Heights in southwest Albuquerque.
It's something people have seen a lot of and wildlife officials want to warn the public about a few things.
Police had a bear spotted Wednesday morning surrounded, as residents inside a Westgate apartment complex watched and waited.
"I went to the kitchen window and I looked out and the bear was right there," said Virginia Tafoya.
The adult female bear was pacing back and forth right next to the apartments before she was darted and eventually captured.
Lately, a number of bears have popped up in the Albuquerque foothills along Tramway, likely coming from the Sandias.
Several were spotted last week, like a 300-pound bear
who was darted and released.
But Wednesday's sighting has some puzzled.
"We'd never expect them out here in the desert," said Tafoya. "How did it get this far?" another southwest Albuquerque resident, Melody Sorge, said.
The bear had been tagged. Game and Fish said they dealt with her last month and relocated her west of Albuquerque. She was likely trying to make it back to the Sandias.
With all the calls, some people have come forward asking Game and Fish why they don't just leave food in the mountains to keep the bears from coming down.
One woman called KRQE News 13 stating she was going to get on Tramway and drop food into the forest. It's something Game and Fish officers say is a dangerous idea.
Game officers said feeding bears would create a false habitat and bears would become increasingly dependent on artificial food sources. Hikers and hunters could be killed if they ran into a place like that.
Game and Fish also warns this would teach bears to associate humans with food, causing public safety concerns that are often the reason bears are killed.
And, they said, only dominant bears would benefit while younger ones would be driven off or even killed.
Game and Fish officials said they're getting calls for bear sightings almost every day. Most of them are near the Sandias.
While this year has been busy, Game and Fish officers said since some rain has fallen, natural food sources will soon become more available for the bears.
Wildlife officers expect the calls to die down in September or October. Game and Fish officials said they've had 40 formal complaints near the Sandias and south of I-40 near Tijeras since April.
So far this year, they've handled and captured 28 bears in the Albuquerque area. The bear caught Wednesday will be given another chance to be relocated in the wild.
Game officers warn leaving food in the forest is punishable by law and violators could face fines up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations.