Are bears a problem in New Mexico?

Many places in New Mexico are near mountain ranges with healthy bear populations, including Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Ruidoso. During years of little to no rainfall, we often see these bears traveling off their home range into the outskirts of these towns, looking for food and water.

How common are bears in New Mexico?

Historically, both black bears and grizzlies lived in New Mexico. Grizzlies were common in open grasslands as well as in forested areas. Currently, our black bear population is estimated at 5,000-6,000.

When was the last bear attack in New Mexico?

There was one bear attack in New Mexico in 2019 and three in 2018 with the recent attack being the first in 2020, she said.

Do you need bear spray in NM?

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.

Are there cougars in New Mexico?

Around 4,353 cougars live in New Mexico, according to the state. The 2019 quota is 740, according to state rules. In the past year, 409 cougars were killed.

Do brown bears live in New Mexico?

The state is home to a unique subspecies of black bear, the New Mexico black bear (Ursus americanus amblyceps), which also occupies portions of Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Texas. Colors can be black, brown or cinnamon, but all are considered black bears.

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Can you shoot a bear in New Mexico?

Kill more than one of the following: elk, pronghorn, Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, ibex, javelina, oryx, bear or deer during any license year, except as permitted by rule.

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