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Bear cub caught roaming NM hardware store

September 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A surveillance camera caught a bear running across a street in northern New Mexico and entering a hardware store.

The footage shows the 1-year-old bear pausing at the door before taking off down an aisle.

Eventually, it ran out the back door and into someone's backyard. That's where Fish and Game officers caught up with it.

No one was hurt, but the bear did have to be put down.

Drought conditions and fires have created a big bear problem in the area.

So far this year, 150 bears have been shot or hit by cars.

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