Don’t feed the bears

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By James Brookes

Everyone has a bear story or at least has heard a bear story.
Often times these stories are of a brief sighting in the forest, or perhaps a camping trip encounter. More and more these stories consist of bears in our neighborhoods, our backyards or digging through our trash. These aren’t the stories we really want to hear.
While it is great that we get to see these magnificent creatures up close and personal, these encounters can lead to problems bigger than having to clean up the yard strewn garbage.
There are many factors that bring wildlife into our town, our yards and our garbage cans. Bear sightings are not uncommon in mountain towns such as Los Alamos; we do live in their backyard after all.
With factors such as drought and fire comes the expectation of wildlife traveling outside of home ranges in search of food, water and shelter.
Oases like Los Alamos are great destinations for these misplaced and often desperate animals. No matter what the reason these animals come to visit us, we have an obligation to let them be wild. Do we feel compassion for these animals? Of course we do, and we want to help them.

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