How many bears live in the Sandia mountains?
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish estimates there are now 132 bears in the Sandias.
Are there bears in Albuquerque?
Black Bears are an occasional visitor to the City of Albuquerque. The animals come down from the mountains in search of food during poor production years in their normal habitat. If you do see a bear in the City, report it to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
Are there bears in southern New Mexico?
You can find black bears in all forested areas in New Mexico (14.6 million acres)- and sometimes wandering far afield from their typical mountain habitat! Females usually maintain a home range of five to seven square miles.
What kind of animals live in the Sandia Mountains?
slopes of the Sandia and Manzano Mountains, rich with a large variety of wild birds and animals. In the twenty years we’ve lived in our mountain home we have seen over 60 species of birds, plus bear, cougar, fox, coyote, raccoon, ringtail, bobcat, deer, skunk and the ubiquitous squirrels, chip- munk and rabbits.
Do brown bears live in New Mexico?
New Mexico is home to a unique subspecies of black bears, the aptly named New Mexico black bear, which also is found in Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Texas. They can be black, brown or cinnamon, but all are considered black bears.
Are there mountain lions in New Mexico?
Large predators of New Mexico today are mountain lions, black bears, bobcats and coyotes. They are found throughout the state. These large, power ful predators have lived here for eons, feeding on the plentiful prey and playing an important role in the ecosystem.
Are there elk in New Mexico?
Today, Rocky Mountain elk once again are abundant in Northern New Mexico, and they grace the valleys and mountains of the southern half of the state where once the Merriam’s roamed. Elk calves are born in late May and June, and weigh 30 to 40 pounds.
Do you need bear spray in New Mexico?
In New Mexico, most bears are active from mid-April through mid-November until their 5-6 month torpor (hibernation). Keep bear-spray with you when hiking or camping in bear country.