Episode 8: Bears, Backpacking, Ecology, Climate

Last year the state game commission voted to increase the number of bears that can be killed by hunters in New Mexico. Environmentalists worried bear populations would not be able to recover from so much legal hunting and that the commission misused biological data on the species to increase the kill quotas. On this episode Rita Daniels heads into the forest where her dog treed a bear last summer. She talks to a group of backpackers about what wildlife they spotted in the mountains this summer. Mary Katherine Ray is the Wildlife Coordinator for the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter and gives an update on the hunting rules and questionable data behind the commission rule change. State climatologist David Duboius explains the difference between weather and climate and encourages everyone to collect and report precipitation events. Bear Albrecht explains how the CoCoRaHS system works.