While it is not out of the ordinary to see mountain lions in New Mexico, wildlife biologists at Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands say they have received multiple reports of a mountain lion on the La Luz Trail.
“We do not want to discourage people from visiting the forest,” said biologist Ester Nelson. “But we do want to make people aware and offer some precautionary measure to keep visitors and their pets safe.”
The sightings have been occurring around dawn and dusk and officials are cautioning the public to avoid hiking at these times.
The National Forest Service has also listed the following tips if you should encounter a mountain lion:
- Stop movement and while facing the animal, slowly back away while avoiding direct eye contact
- Raise your arms or walking sticks to make you look larger
- If a predator approaches you, arm yourself with rocks, sticks to convince the animal you are a danger
- Fight aggressively if attacked
- Always be aware of your surroundings