Bear And Cub Removed From Santa Fe Neighborhood

Aug 22, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Game and Fish officers have tranquilized a mother bear and her cub that were treed in a Santa Fe neighborhood.

City police had been warning parents driving their children to Atalaya Elementary in the city's southeast one street so the treed bears would not be spooked.

Santa Fe police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says neighborhood residents called police about 6 a.m. Friday to report the roaming bruins. Officers chased the bears into a tree and called Game and Fish.

The mother bear had been caught before and climbed down from the tree before being tranquilized. Both bears will be relocated to a remote area.

The mother weighed about 160 pounds and her cub was about 75 pounds. Espinoza says both were healthy.