Bear killed in Los Alamos after charging at people

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LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – It seems like bears are around every corner in Los Alamos this year. Now, Game and Fish officials say they had to kill one for becoming too aggressive.

They’ve hitched rides on garbage trucks, been spotted in trees and wandering across town and even gone to church. Bear sightings seem to be on the uptick over the past several months in the Los Alamos area.

Local Taylor Pomeroy just saw one the other day where she works.

“Bear just walked up and was looking for a snack,” she said. “As long as you just have common sense about it and stay away, they’re not really going to hurt you.”

But Game and Fish officials say that wasn’t the case with a particular bear that officers trapped, shot and killed on Tuesday of this week.

The bear was first spotted in the Pajarito Ski Area in July rummaging through trash and approaching film crews working in the area. Since then, Game and Fish says, things have only escalated.

People have been reporting the blonde, 150lb female bear nearly three times a week since that first sighting, officials said. Hours before she was killed, she charged a couple of workers trying to take out the trash at the Los Alamos Medical Center.

“I think if it was threatening somebody’s life, they had to do what they had to do,” Ana Ortiz, who works in Los Alamos, said.

This marks the second time a bear has been killed by Game and Fish in this area this year. Back in June, a marathon runner was attacked by a mama Black Bear in the Valles Caldera. Game and Fish found the bear and killed it, leaving the cubs orphaned.

Locals have mixed feelings on the issue of bears in town, with many saying they’d prefer relocation to euthanization.

“It’s disappointing because we’re in its area and its going to defend its territory,” Frank Macies, who’s from Los Alamos, said.

“It makes me feel sad, I’m an animal person, so, I don’t think animals should be killed. Maybe just relocated,” Pomeroy said.

Game and Fish said the bear killed this week was not a mother to any cubs.

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