Debate continues over New Mexico’s bears

September 15, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The debate over how to handle bear activity in populated are[auth] as continues with biologists saying that luring them away with food isn’t the answer.

Bear advocates have been pushing for diversionary feeding as a way to prevent bear-human encounters in the Sandia Mountains, but New Mexico wildlife officials and colleagues in other states say that might cause more problems.

The Game and Fish Department has received numerous calls this summer about nuisance bears in the Albuquerque area.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) nearly three dozen bears have been relocated, 28 have been killed by game managers and seven have been hit by vehicles. Those numbers are more than double what they were in 2010.

Officials say the increase is the result of drought, lack of food and an increase in the bear population.

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