The Indian Express | 1 week ago | 18-03-2023 | 11:45 am
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has announced openings for ‘professional bear huggers’. New Mexico in the United States has a significant black bear population and the state has laws for bear protection that date back to 1972.Earlier this week, the government agency announced in a Facebook post that the conservation officers “must have the ability to hike in strenuous conditions, have the courage to crawl into a bear den, and have the trust in your coworkers to keep you safe during the process”. The deadline to apply for the openings is March 30.This recruitment call was posted alongside pictures of conservation specialists cuddling with newborn black bear cubs after extracting them from their snowy black bear den.In the post, the department contextualised these pictures and wrote, “P.S. we do not recommend crawling into bear dens. This was part of a research project in Northern New Mexico and all bears were handled safely under supervision. If you do, our officers will have to have a chat with you. P.P.S. Don’t feed the bears.”So far this post has over 2,500 likes and hundreds of comments. As per a report in New York Post, the applicants would require a background in natural resource conservation, biological sciences, or a related field. They will be posted to remote locations across New Mexico.