Bear sightings increase

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By Gabriel Vasquez

Noticed that your block of bird feed has disappeared overnight?

Perhaps your fruit trees have been mysteriously depleted?

Chances are, a bear has taken a liking to the edibles in your backyard.

“They’re opportunistic,” said Philmont Taylor, Los Alamos County emergency management coordinator. “They’re omnivores, they’ll eat anything.”

Reports have started coming in from area residents who say bears have started to invade their stash of bird feed or have been pawing around their property searching for something to eat.

“I saw the lilac bushes moving very fast and I knew there was something out there,” said William Bernard, who spotted a bear in the backyard of his Barranca Mesa home. “I saw a paw come out above the knee wall. He saw me but didn’t seem to care; he was pretty casual.”

Bernard said various types of birdseed, including a birdseed block that the bear seemed to prefer, are strewn about his backyard.

He said he did not feel threatened by the young, medium-sized bear, and went as far as going outside to snap a couple of close-ups. The bear eventually made its way down the edge of the canyon where it reunited with a group of cubs.

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