As many of us have seen over the last couple weeks, the bears are back in town, and they are HUNGRY!
I am constantly delighted to see so many of our citizens actively helping those who are asking for it on the various community Facebook pages. Together, we are truly helping Los Alamos become bear friendly.
Last week, I had the honor of representing the Environmental Sustainability Board and Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation at the New Mexico Game Commission meeting here in Los Alamos. At the meeting, I had the opportunity to thank New Mexico Game and Fish for all their assistance in securing bear resistant dumpsters and roll carts, and their help with educating our community. Remember, a fed bear is a dead bear.
Over the last year, Los Alamos has become a shining example of a Bear Smart community. Our partnerships with local, state, federal and non-profits have allowed Los Alamos to not only get the resources it needs to help keep bears from learning bad habits, but also help our citizens know what it takes to live in bear country. We only continue to get better.
As we continue into summer, and you notice a bear is getting into your roll cart, please reach out to Environmental Services and sign up for a bear resistant roll cart. They will be happy to help you!
To learn more about how to live with bears, please visit the following link for tips from New Mexico Game and Fish: http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/download/publications/wildlife/Keeping-Bears-Alive-and-You-Safe.pdf
You can also find great information about American Black Bears from bear enthusiast, Linda Masterson, at www.livingwithbears.com.
If elected to council, I will continue to do everything I can to get Los Alamos all the resources we need to secure our waste and keep our citizens and bears safe. Together, we can make Los Alamos the example other communities can follow to live at peace with their bears. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. Save the Date! The second annual Bear Buffet and Bear Festival is Aug. 24 and 25. More details to come!