What creature ambled into Albuquerque? Which type of renewable energy does PNM intend to use? What needs to be removed before Taos County can build its new judicial complex? And why are mountain rescue crews so busy?
1) Which wild animal visited a backyard in northwest Albuquerque?
a. A bobcat
b. A rattlesnake
c. A deer
d. A bear
2) Which form of renewable energy is PNM planning to harness?
c. Methane gas
3) What needs to be moved before breaking ground on a judicial complex in Taos?
a. Prairie dogs
b. Tenants living in low-income housing
d. Dirty hippies living below ground
4) Why are mountain rescue crews strapped for resources?
a. Budget cuts have resulted in a hiring freeze.
b. Many hikers are unprepared and end up needing to be rescued.
c. Volunteers have been busy extinguishing small brushfires.
d. Smokey the Bear has convinced several forest workers to use marijuana, causing them to lose their jobs.
1) D. A bear wandered through the backyard of a house near Unser, east of Petroglyph National Monument. Game wardens tranquilized, tagged and transported the furry omnivore to a nonresidential locale. The Department of Game and Fish says it's unlikely a bear would make it to the northwest part of Albuquerque from the mountains. Game wardens say they're unsure where the creature came from.
2) C. Cow pies play a key role in PNM's renewable energy plans. The utility company plans to purchase methane gas harnessed from manure and use it to fuel gas-fired power plants. By 2010, PNM says, it will have enough methane to power 1,060 households a year.
3) A. Taos County agreed to pay $13,777 to relocate prairie dogs living in the site allocated for a judicial complex. Santa Fe-based Eco Solutions was hired for the job. The company pumps soapy water into the prairie dogs' holes until the animals scurry out. The little critters are then captured and relocated to a site near Tres Piedras.
4) B. Albuquerque Mountain Rescue says unprepared hikers are taxing workers who have to go save them when they run out of water. Hot temperatures in July and August make dehydration more likely, and some hikers aren't bringing enough fluids with them, according to Mountain Rescue. That means workers have to tend to the dehydrated hikers, leaving fewer resources for others who are lost or injured in the mountains. Mountain Rescue says hikers should bring at least two or three liters of water per person for a day hike.