ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Officials say complaints about bears in the Sandia Mountains are down considerably from last year.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that officials attribute the decreased reports to a reduction in the number of bears in the Sandias, and to an abundance of natural bear food there.
Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 5, 2013, the department handled 46 such complaints about Sandia bears.
As of Aug. 5 this year, they had handled only five such complaints. Official say none of those cases required relocating or euthanizing a bear.
Rick Winslow, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s bear and cougar biologist, says the persistent drought and a resulting decline in natural bear food played havoc with Sandia bears last year.