Bear cub sighted at Conchas Lake

By Robert Ciolli: Quay County Sun

There have been several sightings of a Black bear cub near the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offices at the Conchas Dam Project, said Alyson Strickland, Corps of Engineers park ranger.

The cub is about 2 and a half feet high, and has been seen scavenging for food in garbage cans near corps offices.
There have been reported sightings of the bear for about two weeks, Strickland said.

On Monday morning, a trap was set out by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, she said.

Later that afternoon the cub had managed to steal the bait and was seen napping near the trap, Strickland said.

It is thought that the bear did not weigh enough to set off the trap, which would have caged the cub, said Darin Franzoni of the Corps of Engineers.

No further sightings had been reported after Monday night, said Jack Hartigan, San Miguel County Deputy Sheriff.

On their own for the first time, cubs often seek out an easy meal, said Dan Williams, a spokesman for the Department of Game and Fish.
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