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RATON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say a man fatally shot a bear after he was attacked and bitten while walking his dogs.

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officers say the attack happened Wednesday in a rural area southeast of Raton, a community near the New Mexico-Colorado border.

State police alerted conservation officers after receiving a call from the 36-year-old man, who was flown to an Albuquerque hospital for treatment.

He was not identified and authorities on Thursday said they could not immediately provide details about his condition.

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The man used a handgun to shoot the bear, which will be tested for rabies.

Authorities did not say what kind of a bear attacked the man but New Mexico is home to black bears.