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Experts warn New Mexico bears may still come to cities

May 4, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife experts are warning New Mexico residents that black bears’ internal mechanisms are still operating as if the state is still under drought and may come to populated areas for food.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports hibernation season is over for northern New Mexico’s black bears, and some may venture into cities and towns, looking for food.

Santa Fe National Forest wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak says bears are still used to coming out of their winter sleep and heading for places where they know food exists despite the healthy and wet run of winter in the northern part of the state.

The latest map from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that around 46% of the state remains under abnormally dry or worse conditions.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com