While rattlesnakes, jackrabbits, quail and deer (on the upper slope) are common sights to Talavera residents, the extreme drought we are experiencing has caused more exotic and less frequently seen wildlife farther downhill into our neighborhood. Over the past few weeks, the TCA has received several emails about sightings of deer, bobcats, and a mountain lion in our area, drinking from water fountains and ponds and eating from bird feeders. Being away from the city and closer to nature is part of the reason many of us moved to Talavera. All the emails indicated the animals were NOT aggressive and NOT a threat. Usually they are more afraid of us and run from any confrontation.
This amazing photo was forwarded from Talavera resident Randall Skelton.
This is a frame from an HD movie Randall shot on May 11th, 2011 around 7:00 PM, using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7.
The TCA would like to remind residents that it is best to avoid the wildlife animals. Be aware of your surroundings when you are walking. Keep your dogs from roaming. And if the opportunity presents itself, capture an amazing photo like this one.
For more information about local wildlife, or if any seems distressed, please contact one of the following organizations:
- NM Game & Fish…532-2100
- Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Rescue … 882-2910
- NM Wilderness Alliance …527-9962
And, if you have any photos, feel free to forward them to TCA and we’ll post them on the website.