The mountain lion attack that killed Gwennie, a 60-pound Foxhound, on Dec. 24 has raised safety concerns among Los Alamos County residents. Another cougar attempted to take a dog (unsuccessfully) in Quemazon on Jan. 2.
Blake Swanson, conservation officer for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), reported that NMDGF is working to either trap or track the cougar.
Winter cold and habitat loss due to drought and the Las Conchas Fire may be factors in the lions’ incursion into town.
“There was habitat loss due to the fire, especially near Bandelier. Animals are moving into areas where they can feed, and, unfortunately, that’s in town,” Swanson said.