POSTED: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 6:35pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 7:23am
LAS CRUCES - This weekend, Mike Luna was driving home late at night when he saw what he thought was a large, dirty dog on Highway 478, not too far from Mesilla Park. After a closer look, the "dog" was actually a brown bear. Luna watched the bear walk through a muddy orchard, jump a fence, climb a light pole, then run across the road.
Luna called 9-1-1, and after meeting with officials, they confirmed what he already knew. The tracks in the mud and across the road were that of a brown bear. Luna describes the bear as about 5 feet long and skinny. He estimated that it weighs about 200 to 250 lbs.
He tells Newschannel 9 that other people in the area also reported seeing the bear