Bear complaints down in ABQ

Young bear captured in Bernalillo

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. 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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