Bear visits New Mexico governor's residence

July 20, 2011 4:36:57 AM PDT
Surveillance video caught a bear walking past trash cans near the New Mexico governor's mansion in Santa Fe over the weekend likely searching for something to eat.

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish issued an alert to residents around nearby Los Alamos regarding bears that wandered into town after being displaced by the Las Conchas fire.

Gov. Susana Martinez, whose mansion is near the foothills of the mountains where a second fire has been burning, told New Mexicans to be proactive in keeping animals displaced by drought and fire away from their homes by removing items like pet food and bird feeders, and by securing trash cans.

The bear overturned two trash cans at the mansion, the governor's office said in a press release.

"Chuck and I will certainly be taking steps to safeguard the trash cans and the dogs," Martinez said. "One bear nosing through the yard is more than enough to teach us that you can't be too safe."