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Bear Makes Appearance at Governor’s Mansion

SANTA FE, N.M. — See the surveillance video from the Governor’s Mansion below…


Here is the news release from the Governor’s Office.
SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez reminded all New Mexicans to be mindful of wildlife that has been displaced by drought conditions and fires across the state. Over the weekend, a bear was videotaped on a security camera at the Governor’s residence walking past trash cans as it searched for food.Earlier this month, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish issued an alert to residents of the Los Alamos area regarding bears that had wandered into the community after being displaced by the Las Conchas fire. Governor Martinez echoed DGF’s calls to take steps to avoid attracting wildlife that may have entered New Mexico’s communities.“In order to ensure our own safety and the safety of New Mexico’s wildlife, it is important that we all avoid encouraging animals displaced by the drought conditions and recent fires from visiting our homes and communities,” said Governor Martinez. “If you live near an area affected by drought or wildfires, take proactive steps to keep animals away from your home by removing or safeguarding items like pet food, bird feeders, and — as Chuck and I learned this weekend — trash cans.”

Governor Martinez also urged New Mexicans to refrain from attempting to “rescue” any animals that may appear to be injured or abandoned.

“If you come across a wild animal that appears to be injured or abandoned, it’s best to simply leave it alone and call the proper authorities,” the Governor added. “Handling these animals, even with the best of intentions, decreases their chances for survival.”

This weekend, Governor Martinez experienced firsthand what many New Mexicans have witnessed in the wake of recent wildfires as a bear visited the Governor’s residence early Sunday morning. The bear overturned two trash barrels in search of food. Security video of the early-morning visit can be found below.

“Chuck and I will certainly be taking steps to safeguard the trash cans and the dogs,” noted the Governor. “One bear nosing through the yard is more than enough to teach us that you can’t be too safe.”

If you believe that you have come across a wild animal that is injured or could be considered a safety threat, please call the nearest Department of Game and Fish office or your local police or sheriff’s office. Reports can be made at DGF offices in Santa Fe, (505) 476-8000; Albuquerque, (505) 222-4700; Raton, (575) 445-2311; Las Cruces, (575) 532-2100; or Roswell, (575) 624-6135.