New Mexico bear cub killed after store visit

AP News
Posted: Sep 22, 2011 1:22 PM
New Mexico bear cub killed after store visit

New Mexico officials killed a baby bear after she strolled into a Raton hardware store and startled residents.

KOAT-TV reports ( that state Game and Fish officials killed the cub this week following her surprise visit to Record's Hardware Store. It's not clear how it was killed.

A surveillance video caught the 1-year-old cub running through a busy part of town in broad daylight and walking inside the store's main door. The bear bolted out of the store and took refuge in a nearby backyard.

Stephen Moore

Game and Fish officials says the situation could have turned dangerous, but no injuries were reported.

Game and Fish warden Clint Henson says officials killed the bear after determining the cub's actions were "not good bear behavior."