Dry conditions lead to rise in black bear activity

New Mexico black bear

GILA NATIONAL FOREST, N.M. (KRQE) – The ongoing hot and dry conditions have led to a rise in black bear activity in the Gila National Forest.

People have been reporting seeing more bears near their properties or recreational areas in search of food and water.

People have been cautioned not to feed or try to interact with the bears.

Forest officials are also reminding everyone that a black bear with cubs can be particularly dangerous if encountered, as the mother bear will try to protect her young cubs.

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