New Mexico Wildlife News
August 12, 2013
Bear-Trap Saboteur in New Mexico Prevents Capture of Wild Bear
ALBUQUERQUE – A dangerous bear that broke into a house and bit the homeowner
remains on the loose today in the Sandia Heights neighborhood east of
Albuquerque, partly because someone sabotaged a Department of Game and Fish trap
intended to catch the bear.
The Department has video of someone deliberately sabotaging a baited bear trap
set at the home of the man who was bitten by the bear early Friday morning. The
person who sabotaged the trap has put area residents in danger and could face
charges if apprehended. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to
call the Department at (505) 222-4700.
The Department needs to catch the offending bear to prevent anyone else from
being injured by it. The state Department of Health also requires that any wild
animal that bites a human to be killed and tested for rabies.
Friday’s incident in Sandia Heights is another example of abnormal and dangerous
bear behavior caused by habituation to humans as a food source. Many bears in
the foothills of the Sandia Mountains have become accustomed to finding easy
meals in residents’ trash, birdfeeders and pet food dishes. Some homeowners also
have been known to intentionally feed bears, falsely believing that the bears
have no natural food available. Supplemental feeding of bears leads to unnatural
and dangerous behavior, and often leads to the bear’s death.
The Department reminds everyone who lives in bear country that bears are wild
animals and can be dangerous, especially when they lose their fear of humans or
associate humans with food. If you see a bear, leave it alone and it usually
will go away. If you have a dangerous encounter with a bear or believe a bear to
be dangerous, call 911 or your nearest Department of Game and Fish area office.
The Department office in Albuquerque can be reached at (505) 222-4700.
The Department encourages anyone with information about violations of New
Mexico’s wildlife laws to call Operation Game Thief toll-free, (800) 432-GAME
(4263), or to visit
www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Callers can remain anonymous and may earn rewards
if information leads to charges being filed.
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