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Mountain lion spotted in Albuquerque neighborhood

A large mountain lion was spotted in a northeast Albuquerque neighborhood earlier this week. They usually live in remote, rural areas, but as this video shows, wildlife is moving into urban territory in New Mexico. This is something New Mexico Game and Fish says is linked to our state’s ongoing drought. “Wildlife in New Mexico and especially lions are driven into urban areas, typically in search of either new territory of food and water sources,” said Tristanna Bickford, New Mexico Game and Fish. To keep them away, Bickford recommended removing food and water from yards, keeping trash contained until day of pickup and picking up fallen fruit from trees or bushes. This, she said, will encourage the wildlife to go back into their natural habitat and seek those resources in a typical fashion.New Mexico Game and Fish says while sightings in urban areas are common, capturing them on camera like this, is rare.” They’re going to move through an area rather quickly, they tend to be a very elusive creature,” Bickford said. “It’s something that most people don’t even get to see in their lifetime.If you do encounter one, make yourself appear larger, back away slowly and give them space. “Typically a mountain lion or any wild animal will leave that neighborhood will leave that area without any incidents,” Bickford said. In any encounter, stay calm, move away slowly, and make noise so the animal knows you are there. If you see a mountain lion or any wildlife in your area that is consistently sticking around, please contact New Mexico Game and Fish at 888-248-6866 for help. See mountain lion in the video above.

A large mountain lion was spotted in a northeast Albuquerque neighborhood earlier this week.

They usually live in remote, rural areas, but as this video shows, wildlife is moving into urban territory in New Mexico.

This is something New Mexico Game and Fish says is linked to our state’s ongoing drought.

“Wildlife in New Mexico and especially lions are driven into urban areas, typically in search of either new territory of food and water sources,” said Tristanna Bickford, New Mexico Game and Fish.

To keep them away, Bickford recommended removing food and water from yards, keeping trash contained until day of pickup and picking up fallen fruit from trees or bushes. This, she said, will encourage the wildlife to go back into their natural habitat and seek those resources in a typical fashion.

New Mexico Game and Fish says while sightings in urban areas are common, capturing them on camera like this, is rare.

“They’re going to move through an area rather quickly, they tend to be a very elusive creature,” Bickford said. “It’s something that most people don’t even get to see in their lifetime.

If you do encounter one, make yourself appear larger, back away slowly and give them space.

“Typically a mountain lion or any wild animal will leave that neighborhood will leave that area without any incidents,” Bickford said.

In any encounter, stay calm, move away slowly, and make noise so the animal knows you are there.

If you see a mountain lion or any wildlife in your area that is consistently sticking around, please contact New Mexico Game and Fish at 888-248-6866 for help.

See mountain lion in the video above.

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