CEDAR CREST, N.M. (KRQE) - It's been a tough 24 hours for bears in the Albuquerque area, asthree are now dead after they went near homes in search offood.
A man in Cedar Crest who felt threatened shot and killed a200-pound bear. The bear was reportedly 15 feet from him. Anotherman shot and killed a 175-pound bear in Placitas after the bearattacked a llama.
Finally, wildlife officers say a 300-pound bear caught in a beartrap on a man's property died before it could be released. The bearwas the second bear caught on Sean Escarcida's property in CedarCrest in a week.
"They're hungry, just like everybody's been saying," Escarcidasaid.
An expanding bear population and a dry summer are reducing theirfood supply, forest officials said. With nowhere else to turn,bears are searching for food near homes. Officers remind residentsto make sure trash is stored in sheds or garages to keepscent-sniffing bears away.
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