Councilor Sean Williams presents a proclamation during Tuesday’s council meeting to PEEC’s Rachel Landman designating August 2021 Bear Month in Los Alamos County. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos County Council proclaimed August 2021 “Bear Month” in Los Alamos County during its regular meeting Tuesday evening in Council Chambers.
Councilor Sean Williams 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; additionally, the County encourages residents to consider signing up for a bear resistant roll cart to safely secure trash and keep it away from inquisitive, hungry bears; the County has invested $2.4 million in funding this important program in order to deter bears from “dumpster diving” in our community, which puts them at risk for being captured and re-located; 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 28th;
NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby designate August 2021 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.