- Associated Press - Monday, August 10, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico officials want to increase the number of Sandias bears that can be killed by hunters, but the plan is drawing fire from critics.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1L2teId ) that officials want to raise the limit from five to 11 after a new study put the bear population of the Sandias at 132, nearly double previous estimates.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish biologists say the number comes from a three-year study used genetic testing of bear hairs.

Sandia Mountain BearWatch founder Jan Hayes says the estimates are meaningless because a large number of the region’s bears have been relocated or killed over the past few years.

She is concerned that the changes will threaten the bear population in the Sandias.



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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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