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Large Mountain Lion Spotted Near Ruidoso New Mexico

This Large Mountain Lion was spotted and shot near Ruidoso New Mexico

A friend of mine recently sent this photo of a Mountain Lion that was spotted in the mountain resort community of Ruidoso New Mexico.  Reports were that the animal was seen in a residential areas and near a local school.  Apparently the Mountain Lion has little fear of humans which prompted New Mexico Game and Fish to locate and kill the animal.  Opinions were mixed about the demise of this gorgeous, healthy and fearless lion.

Mountain Lion Near Ruidoso New Mexico John McCormack Realtor

Ruidoso New Mexico is a popular Mountain resort town located 185 miles Southeast of Albuquerque. Ruidoso is near the base of Sierra Blanca Peak which is just shy of 12,000’ elevation.  Ski Apache is a hot spot of activity for skiers all over New Mexico and Texas.  Ski Apache is the Southernmost ski area in the United States.  Ruidoso is also famous for the All American Futurity horse race held each summer. The Ruidoso Downs Track holds the all time record for fastest quarter horse race.

There is so much to do and see here in New Mexico.  From high desert to high mountain you can bet you will find something highly energy or incredibly relaxing any time of year.  Just another
great reason to love the lifestyle in and around Albuquerque New Mexico.

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Comment balloon 32 commentsJohn McCormack, CRS • February 17 2012 06:38AM


John - that's a HUGE Mountain Lion! So sad they had to kill him, but they do attack people and it's not pretty. Sad, but probably for the best (and I'm an animal lover!)

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 8 years ago

John ~ That's a BIG Kitty! What did it weigh? From looking at it, I'm guessing in the 200 lb range? We see alot of them kinda critters up here and sometimes, small family pets that are left outside, disappear.

Posted by Jon Eliason (EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado) over 8 years ago

WOW .. he is a big one! I find these all so disturbing though. Poor kitty. He did not do anything wrong, but just found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. =(

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) over 8 years ago

It's never nice to see a beautiful animal like this put down, but safety first.

The Resort at Ruidoso New Mexico looks like a great place to visit, maybe we will someday.


Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Wow, that is one large mountain lion.  It is a shame that they had to kill this beautiful creature.

Thanks for sharing the photograph.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

Too bad they didn't capture her and put her in a zoo.  She looks quite well fed.

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) over 8 years ago

John: What a shame they weren't able to capture and release this Mountain Lion in another region.  Great news that no kids were injured though.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) over 8 years ago

John~That is one huge mountain lion, what the heck are they eating to get that big. You must have a healthy deer or antelope population. Mountain lions have been known to attack people, and a child doesn't have prayer of chance of surviving. They did the right thing.

Have an AWESOME weekend!

Posted by Michael S. Bolton, MN Appraiser (Michael S. Bolton,Inc.) over 8 years ago

Hi John - That's a big one, maybe 1/3 bigger than the one that walked through our neighborhood with her cub a few years ago. Sad that we're crowding their habitat, but they're very dangerous and nothing to fool around with - a while back, there was one staking out the playground of an elementary school in the foothills near here - they had to put him down too.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 8 years ago

It always makes me sad to see animals killed because they aren't afraid of humans anymore.  That is quite a mountain lion.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 8 years ago

John - That was a beautiful animal.  It breaks my heart to know that they weren't able to relocate this amazing cat.  : (

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 8 years ago

What a photo! New Mexico is a wonderful place to call home for people and animals alike as evidenced by this photo of large, sleek well-fed mountain lion. Contact John McCormick today if you are thinking about buying or selling a home in Albuquerque.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi John, Wow, what a large lion!  Do they not relocate lions?  In Florida, our problem is alligators.  I think most days now they kill them as well but in the past, they have relocated them.  I can see where he was a danger to people, it's just a shame he had to be killed.  Thank you for sharing!

Posted by Linda Holloway, REALTOR®, Your Next Home in Tampa Bay Starts Here! (Keller Williams Realty Tampa Central) over 8 years ago

Aw poor kitty. It is heartbreaking when they have to put an animal down, but it's often for the best. Once they lose their fear of people it's an accident waiting to happen.  Recently, they had to do the same thing to a big cat over in Bend, Oregon near my son's neighborhood, he'd been killing deer in the area and getting very close to homes and playgrounds.

It's a sad reality, the more we push into their habitat, the more they push back. :(

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 8 years ago

What a beautiful mountain lion - one of the biggest ones I've seen.  I'm with the rest - isn't there a relocation system in place?  What a shame to have to put her/him down.  

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 8 years ago

John, Being an animal lover I hate to see photo's like this but you have to look out for us humans! What beautiful animals if there are more around I hope they don't end up like that one!

Posted by Keith Gilkey, 410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake (Re/Max Chesapeake) over 8 years ago

Wonder why they didn't try to tranq and capture that gorgeous creature. Very sad.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

That's a BIG cat!  It's a real shame they couldn't do something to relocate it instead of having to kill it.

Posted by Bryan Robertson over 8 years ago

John, it would be panic stricken if I saw this large animal in the woods!   We have mountain lions in the hills, and you do need to be conscience of your surroundings!    Sad to see such a beautiful animal be put down, but cannot lose human life either.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 8 years ago

Wow, John, that is some awesome creature!  I'm with Joan, I think I'd be a bit panicked if I came whisker to whisker with this guy!  We have mountain lions and lynx in areas near us and the horseback riders and hikers are always on the alert.  Another great localism post for the gorgeous New Mexico mountains - beautiful and fearless!

Posted by Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC (Royal Pro Real Estate Network) over 8 years ago

That is one gorgeous Large Mountain Lion Spotted Near Ruidoso New Mexico. Too bad it had to be shot. 

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 8 years ago

One fat Cat!  This cat was doing ok on the diet.  To bad it had to be put down, it very well could have been eating pets or people could have been feeding it unknowing.  They have to be put down when in populated areas. 

Posted by Michael Blue, REALTOR - 760-889-8877, Encinitas/Carlsbad (Home Smart Realty West) over 8 years ago

That mountain lion is huge! I really hate that it had to be put down, but if it was hanging around a school, then I guess it was for the best. Too bad, though. It was a beautiful creature!

Posted by Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area (David Tracy Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Gorgeous mountain lion...way too sad that it had to be killed.  Ruidoso New Mexico is a beautiful area to visit though.

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 8 years ago
Be careful Q! If this is not your friends photo (with their permission to use in your blog) you can get in trouble for copyright. YIKES!
Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 8 years ago


That's big one....but you're right, this would generate mixed reactions. Like...couldn't they  have tranquilized the cat and relocated her somewhere away from civilization where she can be in a natural habitat.


Posted by Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA (Alain Pinel) over 8 years ago

I agree with Linda.  In a perfecty world, they would have relocated him.  But, that probably wouldn't work.  He was a great animal though.  Sad to see.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 8 years ago

Good to see that you found your missing mountain lion post.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

That is a huge lion and it's super sad that they had to kill it.  I guess safety come first, but still all cats - big and small - are so cute.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 8 years ago

Nice size lion! Appears in the area of 190 pounds. These cats get much bigger than they advertise. To bad he had to go, to relocate him would have been a much better idea imo.

Posted by Jamien Moore about 7 years ago

Humans over crowding leaving wild animal no choice but to be shot.

Posted by Darrelljim over 3 years ago

I was interest about going to this city until I saw this picture... you all should be ashamed for promoting hunting & show off the picture on website. It just show me that you are too busy showing off man-power (with weapon)... that shows me that you don't have compassionate toward to animals. So disappointing.

Posted by Erin E. over 2 years ago