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Officials suspect bear trap was sabotaged

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The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating an assault on a man by a bear last Friday.

On Friday morning, a bear bit the hand of a man residing in the first block of Rock Ridge in Sandia Heights.

Rather than reporting the attack to the Department of Game and Fish, the man visited his doctor, who treated the victim. The doctor reported the attack.

Over the weekend, the department set a trap for the bear, but they suspect it was tampered with.

The trap has an open door for a bear to enter, but it was found closed. “We don’t think it was the wind that caused it to close,” said Rachel Shockley, a spokeswoman for the department, who said that a video shot at the site of the trap also shows that someone sprayed something at the opening of the trap.

The man who was bitten was a resident of Oklahoma. He has since left the state and returned home, according to a Game and Fish spokesman.

Check back on ABQJOURNAL.com for more details.

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