Male black bear captured in Albuquerque community

June 15, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wildlife officers have captured a male bear that had been wandering in an Albuquerque community.

The bear was hiding in a cottonwood tree Wednesday when New Mexico Game and Fish officers darted it.

Game and Fish Department Sgt. Rick Castell says the 200-pound (91-kilogram) male bear kept climbing the tree before falling from about 40 feet (12 meters) onto a large air-filled pillow.

He says the bear didn’t have any ear tags, but it was tagged after officers captured him.

Castell says the bear will be released in a forest.

He says bears occasionally are spotted in Albuquerque and expects to see more foraging for food this summer.