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Frontpage NY Times Aticle on NM Bear Problem

August 25 2001 at 1:12 PM
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The NY Times in its Aug. 24 issue had a front page article on problems with bears in New Mexico.

It is headlined:
Food Shortage in Mountains Sends Hungry Bears to Town

Black bear sightings are fairly routine in mountainous states like New Mexico, and sightings have become more common as homes are built in remote areas. But residents are increasingly anxious as a record number of encounters, some violent, are being reported. Last week, officials blamed a bear for the mauling death of a 93-year-old woman, a rare attack since black bears are not considered predators. This week, a man in Taos, N.M., about 70 miles southwest of Raton, fired at a bear that had broken into his home. In all, more than 60 bears have been shot this year, and at least 20 have been killed by cars.

Ms. Lackey said her office received an average of 100 bear complaints a day.

Just as in Raton, bears are descending into Taos, a ski resort and artist colony. Sheriff Charlie Martinez of Taos County said his office usually received about 10 bear complaints in a summer. In the past two weeks, Sheriff Martinez said, the office has handled about 40 complaints. He said officers found one bear on the roof of a house. In the small community of Questa, a bear was found beside a bank.

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