Living with Wildlife in Los Alamos County

Published on January 24, 2024

Coyote stock image
Wildlife in Los Alamos County today are deer, elk, mountain lions, black bears, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, and more. Here we often live or play in habitats used by these wildlife. 


Living with Large Predators...

Large predators in Los Alamos County include mountain lions, black bears, bobcats and coyotes. They can at times be dangerous. However, with a better understanding of these animals, we can learn to coexist. There are no definite rules about what to do if you meet a large predator. In most cases, the animal will detect you first and will leave the area.

Animal of the Month - COYOTE

It's a good time to talk about COYOTE mating season! Late January through early March is the mating season for coyotes and they become more active during this time. Be proactive to prevent conflicts with coyotes with these actionable tips:

Protect pets - Dogs should always be supervised and on a leash. During the breeding season, coyotes become very active marking and defending their territories to protect their pack from other coyotes.

Remove food sources - Coyotes will utilize whatever food is available, including small animals, insects, and fruits, as well as artificial sources such as garbage, pet food, and compost.

Watch for more tips about coyotes over the next few weeks. To learn more today, visit the NM Game & Fish website at

Stock image of a crouching mountain lion in the snow.

About the Mountain Lion

Mountain lions are usually tawny- to light-cinnamon in color with black-tipped ears and tail. Adult cats can weigh from 80 to 150 pounds and measure eight feet long, with the tail included. Most active from dusk to dawn, lions eat deer; however, they also kill elk, porcupines, small mammals, livestock, and other domestic animals. Historically the mountain lion has occupied all parts of Los Alamos County. If you encounter a mountain lion, follow these quick tips:

  1. Stay calm;

  2. Do not approach;

  3. Do not run;

  4. Do not crouch down or bend over;

  5. Do all you can to appear intimidating;

  6. If approaching you, start throwing things at it.

To learn more about the mountain lion and living with other large predators, visit the NM Game & Fish website at


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