BE AWARE OF WILDLIFE, HAZARDS WHEN ENJOYING OUTDOORS IN SPRING
Wildlife species including bears, skunks and raccoons that normally are inactive during the winter months are on the move, and some of them already are making mischief among people’s trash and pets. The Department already has received five bear complaints this spring and expects many more as drought conditions persist. There also have been two confirmed cases of rabies – a raccoon in Raton and a fox in Socorro County – reminding pet owners to be sure their animals’ vaccinations are up to date.
Homeowners and campers who are in bear country are reminded to secure garbage and pet food to avoid attracting wild animals. Pets outdoors should be on leashes at all times, and as always, everyone in the outdoors is advised never to approach wild animals, especially those that appear to be sick or dead.