Cumberland Times-News

August 19, 2013

Drought puts prize apples on the menu for N.M. wildlife

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— Read with interest the article in your paper sent to me by my brother living in Cumberland (“Official: Trap tampering ‘usually doesn’t help us,” Aug. 18, Page 1A).

One of the biggest issues we have in the high desert, 5,000 plus feet above sea level, is the drought and its effects on wild life.

Not only do bears travel from the mountains in search of food and water, but deer, sheep, mountain lions, etc., come into the foothills and feast on the fruit trees and gardens that are starting to bear their ripe for the pickings fruits.

When the mountains have no snow pack and no spring rains, the berry and acorn crops are minimal, so Mrs. Jones’ prize apples are on the menu. They do relocate most of the trapped bears.

John Stevenson

Albuquerque, N.M.