Mountain lion sightings have been reported this year in the townsite, which is not unusual since mountain lions are native to the Los Alamos area.
“Los Alamos is a mountain community and this is their habitat,” said New Mexico Game and Fish spokesman Dan Williams.
Williams explained that game and fish personnel respond to local calls and if warranted, tranquilize the animal via dart and transport it into the wilderness. This works in some cases, he said, but in other cases, the mountain lion is known to return several miles to the townsite where it originally located food.
Capt. Randy Foster of the Los Alamos Police Department said he is aware of mountain lions in the area.