Las Cruces police warn of predatory cats roaming neighborhoods



LAS CRUCES, N.M.— Las Cruces police are warning residents of the potential dangers of predatory cats roaming residential neighborhoods.

About noon on Friday a homeowner near Veterans Park spotted what he described as a dark-color cougar or mountain lion in a neighbor’s tree. The witnesses watched as the big cat jumped from the tree and scampered away, possibly into the undeveloped area between the High Range Neighborhood and the Las Cruces Dam.

Unfortunately, no photo of the big cat was taken.

Cougars, mountain lions and bobcats are known to frequent residential neighborhoods mostly during times of drought and when food is scarce in higher elevations. Big cats have been known to feed off wild rabbit, squirrel and domestic pets.

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