July 1-9, 2010 – Chama, New Mexico
We also can see this from the door of the 5th wheel
Yes, that is one of the two bear traps in the park – they currently have a bear problem. A large black bear has been coming into the park every night for about a week. The night before a wildlife officer shot it twice with tranquilizer darts and it didn’t slow it down a bit. We watched for the bear until dark but never saw it. They did catch it in the trap by the dumpsters on the other side of the park. Bears come into the park every year we are here but we have only seen a few of them.
The sheriff and his deputies succeeded in dispersing the outlaws and the train departed. But down by the stock pens the outlaws ambushed the train to rob it and a gun fight broke out.
Of course the law prevailed and all the outlaws were killed. Notice the dead outlaw hanging over the fence. This was one of the best shoot outs we have seen.
After the shootout we went to Bob and Holly’s house (the docent in the long brown duster) for a BBQ for the docents. We also watched Chama’s fireworks from their backyard. Surprisingly, Chama had a great fireworks show that lasted over 35 minutes.
The next morning we found out that another black bear visited the RV park and raided the dumpster.
On July 6th the C&TSS started taking the passengers from Chama on a bus to Cumbres Pass where they board the train and ride on to Antonito - this shortens Rex’s day a lot. We haven't heard anything about bears in the park for a few days.