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Santa Fe Police safely relocated an approximately 2-year-old female bear this morning after the animal was spotted prowling about a resident’s yard on the 1700 block of Callejon Emelia just before 10 a.m.
The bear seemed very tired, made a bed on the resident’s wall and relaxed until NM Game and Fish Officers arrived on scene to tranquilize her. (SFPD was watching her for the duration to make sure she wasn’t hurting anyone/didn’t get spooked.)
She weighed about 200 pounds and is healthy, besides a few cactus quills in her snout and paw. She will be given a full physical, round of antibiotics and then released at an undisclosed location.
This makes the 13th bear captured in the city in the last nine days. Only two of the 13 bears are repeat offenders or have been caught/tagged in the city before.
Residents are advised to clean up anything that might attract bears into their yards. Please bring any pet food, bird feeders and even small pets inside, especially during the evening/overnight hours.
If you spot a bear, stay inside and call police immediately!
SFPD Animal Services Officers do not tranquilize the bears and would have to shoot them if they become aggressive while in a neighborhood. Our goal is to tree or corner them until NM Game and Fish can arrive on scene, tranquilize them and take them back to the forest. Often times the public is naturally curious and interested in viewing the bear, but if the animal becomes spooked while officers have it cornered, they would have no choice but to protect the public. Anyone that encounters a bear in their neighborhood is asked to stay indoors until it is relocated for their safety and the safety of the bear.
There are pictures and video of today’s relocation on the department’s FACEBOOK page.