Wildlife officials warn New Mexico bears could seek food in cities

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Neighborhood Watch should keep their eyes open for unwanted visitors. 

Experts tell the Santa Fe New Mexican that recent droughts have made the bears in the northern area of the state are accustomed to waking from hibernation and heading for places where they know food exists. They explain their internal mechanisms are still operating as if the state is under drought, causing the animals to wander into populated areas for food despite vegetation and food sources in the region. 

The latest drought map from U.S. Drought Monitor shows roughly 46% of the state is still in abnormally dry or worse conditions.

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