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Santa Fe Police are searching for at least three bears seen roaming the streets of Santa Fe Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
Sightings of a mother bear (unknown weight) and a cub (about 100lbs) started around 9 a.m. and continued through the day in the area around Santa Fe High School. Nearby schools were notified, and residents should be cautious until the bears are caught/sightings stop.
A larger bear, possibly a male, was also seen in the area of Saint Francis Drive and Alta Vista Street this morning around 10 a.m.
Thursday, August 29, 2013, SFPD and NM Game and Fish agents were able to corner a different mother (about 200lbs) and cub (about 40lbs) on the 600 Block of East Palace Avenue. Both were tranquilized and safely relocated.
Then Sunday, September 1, 2013, a 300lb male bear was tranquilized and relocated after he was found roaming around on Delgado Street.
City Animal Control Agents say bears are usually spotted in the city around this time of year, but recent activity up a bit from last year.
Altogether city animal control officers estimate about 10 different bears were seen in the city limits in the last two weeks. New Mexico Game and Fish currently has four bear traps set up in the hope of relocating the animals.
RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO BRING PET FOOD, HUMMINGBIRD/BIRD FEEDERS AND TRASH/TRASH CANS INDOORS (even during the day) TO DISCOURAGE THE BEARS FROM ENTERING NEIGHBORHOODS AT LEAST UNTIL THE SIGHTINGS STOP.
Small pets should also remain inside as a precaution.
If you spot a bear back away slowly and avoid eye contact. If the bear starts to charge, make yourself look as big as possible, yell and wave your arms above your head to let the bear know you are human. If it attacks try to lie on your stomach, as flat as possible, covering your neck and head with your hands.
Call police immediately at 505-428-3710.