wildlife http://kunm.org en Group concerned about NM bear management http://kunm.org/post/group-concerned-about-nm-bear-management <p>Conservationists are accusing state wildlife managers of trying to eliminate the black bear population in the mountains that border Albuquerque.</p><p>Sandia Mountain BearWatch contends state Game and Fish Department logs show the agency has trapped and either removed or killed 49 bears between 2010 and 2011.</p><p>The group accuses the agency of trying to remove the animals to reduce the number of nuisance calls.</p><p>The agency disputes the accusations, saying the number of bears removed or killed by vehicles stands at less than 20 for the two years.</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:14:38 +0000 The Associated Press 14452 at http://kunm.org