Bear wanders into downtown Bernalillo

BERNALILLO, N.M. (KRQE) – A bear captured last year is now back where he belongs.

The bear was captured when it wandered into downtown Bernalillo.

New Mexico Game and Fish says he may have been looking for food, became scared, and went up a tree.

Once he was weighed, at 132 pounds, and measured, the bear was released in the Manzano Mountains south of Albuquerque.

Game and Fish is reminding New Mexicans that spring is the time when bears wake up from hibernation and start looking for food.

They say bears can wander into neighborhoods and it’s important for people to secure their trash cans and birdfeeders. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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