Sandoval Signpost


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Dave Harper

If you lose or find an animal in Placitas area, call the Animal Hotline at 867-6135. The Hotline is a nonprofit service run by Dave and January Harper to help reunite lost and found pets. Placing a Lost or Found in the Animal Hotline is a free service courtesy of the Signpost—we can sometimes even include a photo. Call Dave and January at 867-6135 or 263-2266 and leave a detailed message, or email the Animal Hotline at: (but call, too).


DOG: Male, three years old, black-and-white Pomeranian. Has microchip, no collar, and weighs approximately 4.5 pounds. He was lost from Montaña Court. Last seen crossing the street near the entrance of Montaña Court on the lefthand side at 10:30 p.m. on January 13. #4034


DOG: Mature male that is black and brown with scar on left hip. He has no tags. He was found in Placitas Heights on January 22. #4035


TWO DOGS: Boxer with web collar, and a ginger-colored Shepherd-mix, spotted two miles north of the Village of Placitas, off of Camino de Las Huertas, near Loma Chata and Trigo, on January 22. #4036

DOG:  Big black-and-brown dog with a body that looks like a Greyhound, but sturdier.  See January 23 off Camino de las Huertas, one mile North of Highway 165, in Placitas.  #4037

If you have lost, found, or seen a lost pet,
call Dave or January Harper at 867-6135.


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c. Rudi Kiimpert

New Mexico cares about bears

—Rachel Shockley

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reminds New Mexicans that spring is the time of year when bears emerge from their dens and begin looking for food after their long slumber.

“Help care for bears this season by securing trash and removing bear attractants now,” said Rick Winslow, bear and cougar biologist for the department. “In the spring, bears eat naturally available foods such as insects and grass, but they can be lured into dangerous situations by human food and attractants.”

Every year, black bears stray into neighborhoods, enticed by human food sources such as garbage and birdfeeders. Bears that associate humans with food can become aggressive and are a threat to public safety.

“The department wants to give bears every opportunity to be wild, but to keep the public and bears safe, at times we have to step in,” Winslow said. “Sometimes we can educate the public about bear attractants, other times a bear has to be relocated, and occasionally, if a bear has become a threat to people, it has to be put down.

“This is a community issue that will only be solved by the community coming together,” Winslow said. “If five people on your block are doing the right thing to care for bears and someone isn’t, they are putting your whole neighborhood and bears in danger.”

Winslow released a male bear back into the wild in the Manzano Mountains, south of Albuquerque, after a department officer captured the young bear in downtown Bernalillo last year. The bear may have been looking for food in town and was scared up a tree. The Wildlife Center in Española cared for the bear over the winter.

If you really care about New Mexico’s black bears, help keep wildlife wild by remembering five bear aware tips:

  • Keep trash away from bears.
  • Only feed birds in the winter, or bring bird feeders in at night.
  • Keep food sources, including pet food, out of the reach and smell of bears.
  • Keep barbecue grills clean or store inside.
  • Pick fruit before it ripens.

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