TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico authorities are warning residents that the onset of record hot weather has brought bears to some state campgrounds, picnic areas and some communities.
One state Game and Fish conservation officer responded Tuesday to his 11th bear call in two days in the East Mountains area near Albuquerque. Last week, the same officer had to kill an aggressive bear that was terrorizing a picnic area.
Authorities say anyone who intentionally or unintentionally feeds a bear that becomes a nuisance could be fined $500.
Periods of hot, dry weather before the monsoon season can be tough for bears and biologists say that's the time they go looking for other food sources.