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Council Declares August Bear Month In Los Alamos

on August 8, 2019 - 10:01am

Wearing a special hat to mark the occassion, Councilor James Robinson presents Kathleen Ramsey, founder of the Wildlife Center in Espanola, with a proclamation Tuesday night, declaring August as Bear Month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation declaring August as Bear Month during the Tuesday night regular meeting in council chambers.

Councilor James Robinson read the proclamation, which states:

WHEREAS: Los Alamos is blessed with an abundance of wildlife, and healthy wildlife populations have a positive impact on the Los Alamos community - our community is notably home to the American Black Bear; and
WHEREAS:  Five key bear-safety practices should be added to our daily routines and recreational activities. When out in the wilderness, make noise so that a bear is not surprised by human presence, stay alert and actively look for signs of bears; never approach or crowd bears: keep food, garbage, and other attractants out of reach of bears; stay calm during a bear encounter, and do not run; and
WHEREAS:  Humans can also reduce the likelihood of bear encounters around the home by removing bird feeders, securing garbage in bear-resistant containers, not feeding bears, planting gardens away from game trails, and frequently turning compost; and
WHEREAS:  The Los Alamos Nature Center, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, and many other local and state agencies will present many different bear education events throughout the month of August, including hosting New Mexico’s only Bear Festival on August 24th;
NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby designate August 2019 as: “BEAR MONTH” and urge our citizens to participate in this event by learning about bear safety and responsibility for peaceful coexistence with these remarkable animals so that they can continue to thrive across our county and state for generations to come.