- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Two cubs whose mother was shot to death after attacking a marathon runner have been released into the wild.

The bears went from weighing roughly 10 pounds when they were found to 125 and 90 pounds when the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish released them, The New Mexican reported (https://bit.ly/2g8C0sv).

the cubs were released outside the territory where they were found to reduce the risk of encounters with people or other bears, Cottonwood Rehabilitation Center’s Dr. Kathleen Ramsay said. “They try to move them to the place where they have the best chance of survival,” she said.

Ramsay said she created an environment for the bears that was as close as possible to what they’d find in nature, including their food.

“They’ll eat just about anything you put in front of them,” Ramsay said. “They eat according to what is available in the environment.”

State law required that the mother bear’s brain be tested for rabies after she mauled runner Karen Williams. The test was negative.

Williams has been working with Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, to change the 1979 law.

“I was just being an ultra runner, and she was just being a bear,” Williams said. “It was unfortunate that we met.”

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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