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6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010 -' '~ June Day" by The Hidalgo County Tobosa Belles have received an official proclamation from New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. pro- claimed " Hide the food: Hot weather brings out the bears Submitted by NM DEPT of GAME & FISHISanta Fe The sudden onset of record hot weather has brought some familiar visitors to New Mexico campgrounds, picnic areas and some communities. The bears are back, and as always, they want your food. Tuesday morning, Conser- vation Officer Mike Ahlm was responding to his I 1t~ bear call in two days in the East Moun- tmns area near AlbUquerque. He had just finished collecting a road-killed bear on Interstate 40. A week earlier, he had to kill an aggressive bear that was terroriz- ing a picnic area. Ahlm hates to kill bears. "There were indications that that bear was being fed by people, and that's usually a death sentence for bears," he said. "If I find out you've been feeding Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces~ from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Here are some suggestions about safely coexisting with bears: If you live or camp in bear country: Keep garbage in airtight containers inside your garage or storage area. Place garbage out- side in the morning just before pickup, not the night before. Oc- casionally clean cans with ammo- nia or bleach. Remove bird feeders. Bears see them as sweet treats, and often they will look for other food sources nearby. Never put meat or sweet- smelling food scraps such as melon in your compost pile. Don't leave pet food or food dishes outdoors at night. Clean and store outdoor bage from a tree at least 10 feet off the ground and 4 feet out from the tree trunk. Keep your tent and sleeping bag free of all food smells. Store the clothes you wore while cooking or eating with your food. Sleep a good distance from your cooking area or food storage site. Store toiletries with your food. If you see a bear: Stop, and back away slowly while facing the bear. Avoid direct eye contact, as the bear may consider that a threat. Never get between a mother bear and her cubs. If the bear has not seen you, stay calm and slowly move away, making noise so the bear knows you are there. Do not run. Make your- t, 4 H Highway bears, I will prosecute you." Any- grills after use. Bears can smell self appear large by holding out ., one who intentionally or unin- sweet barbecue sauce and grease your jacket. If you have small tentionally feeds a bear that be- for miles, children, pick them up so they i comes a nuisance could be fined Never intentionally don't ~n. I lean up The Cotton City 4-H Club par- ticipated in a highway clean up on June 6. The group collected 24 bags of garbage. Courtesy ohotos fq Father' $500. Periods of hot, dry weather before the monsoon season can be tough for bears, said Rick Winslow, large carnivore biolo- gist for the Department of Game and Fish. Most of the bears' spring diet of green grass and forbs is gone, and the acorns, pifions and chokecherries haven't ripened. "'It's normal for bears to go through a period when there is a lack of food," Winslow said. "This is when you see bears turning over rocks and logs looking for grubs and eating ants -- or go- ing into town" Winslow said. It'S also a time when people who visit or live in bear country need to be feed bears to attract them for view- ing. If you intentionally or umn- tentionally feed a bear and the bear becomes a nuisance, you could be cited and fined up to $500 -- and the bear eventually may have to be killed. Keep your camp clean, and store food and garbage prop- erly at all times. Use bear-proof containers when available. If not, suspend food, coolers and gar- brary S Give the bear plenty of room to escape, so it doesn't feel threatened or trapped. If you are on a trail, step off on the down- hill side and slowly move away. If a black bear attacks you, fight back using anything at your disposal, such as0rocks. sticks, binoculars or even your bare hands. Aim for the bear's nose and eyes. ummer ing ram in full swing The Summer Reading Pro- Books and Bugs" almost every Bitl rm'n' 't"rin'int' *i*"'*''ram'sin'"sw*''a't"ebu'"k'scurrentlychec' e' i If feeders, lock Up their garbage and Lordsburg Hidalgo Public Li- out.Special programs have keep pet food inside, brary with ~tc- been given on claiming June 20the, 2010 as to the economy of New Mexico Residents of the East Moun- tivity days and Wednesday w~th since Juan de Onate crossed the tains can learn more about how children reading "Beef for Father's Day". The proclamation points out that cattle have been important ~mle 11~ Sert4~ Available ac ~r~e Hidalgo 212 E: Motel Dr. Ste B. * Lordsburg * Rio Grande with his herd in 1598., Furthermore, cattle and calves add approximately one billion dollars to the current economy of New Mexico accord- ing to the USDA Economic Re- search Service guidelines for ex- tra-lean. Richardson also stated that safe, wholesome and nutritious beef gives Dad "ZIP'Zinc, Iron to safely coexist with bears at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Mon- day, June 14, at the Vista Grande Community Center in Sandia. Park. Ahlm, Winslow and other representatives of the Department of Game and Fish will be on hand to discuss bear behavior, conflicts and strategies to keep bears from becoming habituated to humans. The Department Of Game and Protein. Father's Day is also and Fish publishes a booklet, traditionally a day to honor'New "Living with Large Predators," Mexico fathers- by gn'll'i'ng"'their~ "which is available on the Depart- favorite steaks and green chile ment website, burgers, www.wildlife.state.nm.us , or by calling (505) 476-8000. The booklet contains important infor- mation about bears, cougars and coyotes and how to avoid con- flicts with them. all sorts of books. For extra points in the competitions for reading prizes, extra credit is given for artwork, crafts, reports, in-library e- books read, recipes made or a n y other creative hand- made article that a child If you see a bear and consider b r i n g s it a safety threat, please contact for show your local Department of Game and tell. and Fish 'conservation officer, With the Madison Miller Charles Siepel teaching about iden- tifying insects and Lori Rodriguez demonstrating how to enjoy a good bug snack (celery and raisins). The program will continue through the month of June. If you have 3 not attended, the li- ! brary would li.l~e,.to .... ; have you " ,, come and join in. Pre- schoolers meet on Tuesdays at : 11 a.m. ; and school- age kids come for activities police or sheriff's office. You also theme of o n can call the Department office in "B u ~" s W e d n e s - Santa Fe at (505) 476-8000, or B u ?s ' McKay BernaI-Bug Sock Puppet davs at area offices in Albuquerque, ~' ' 2:0"0 p.m. July 6th through 24th at 5:00 pm. in the high school library. ! Prospective Animas School drivers could partici- pate in this training. Only serious applicants need to attend. Call Rebecca at 575-542-9361. I ! I ] I I 'i I 1 I Adults $60 Adults $50 Student & Senior dnesday.S p.m; & 4.,15 - 7:00 p,m. ~,m , Sunday 2:00 - 4:30 p,m. & 5:00 7.30 p.m. Night Swimming Wednesday-Friday 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays 575-542-3774 I H [ I II I I t II I Hidalgo County Relay for Life Cordially Inylte aH Cancer Survivors to a Dinner in Your Honor 18th, 2010 of He)pc & Honor unveiling at 4:30 pm Dinner rved " at 5:00 pm , i Guest Speake Tench e Rico Over( sh Special Events Center, Lordsburg, New Mexico. Please RSVP 575-542-8822 IL