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