Other news in my part of the woods. We have a bear in town. He looks quite healthy, which I'm grateful for. I'm guessing this fellow is about two to three years old. Bears usually stay with their mamas until they are two years old. He is of the black bear variety, which is the bear of New Mexico.
You could call him a tree hugger! I see that he's been tagged (that thing on his right ear). I'm hoping he'll be relocated to the Jemez Mountains soon. He hasn't been aggressive towards people so it would be nice to get him to a proper area soon.
Did you know that Smokey the Bear has New Mexico roots. Here's a little history lesson for those that are interested.
The living symbol of Smokey Bear was an American black bear cub who was caught in a wildfire that burned 17,000 acres in the Lincoln National Forest in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico. Smokey had climbed a tree to escape the blaze, but his paws and hind legs had been burned. He was found and brought back to the camp.
Smokey Bear (or Smokey the Bear) is an advertising mascot created to educate the public about the dangers of forest fires. The Smokey Bear slogan I recall from my childhood is, "Remember..... Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires". We'd see these signs up in the mountains when we'd go camping, a favorite family activity. The Wikipedia link is HERE if you'd like to learn more.
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