Drought forcing wildlife to cross into city limits

Las Cruces Fire Department
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 5:34pm

A current drought is forcing more wildlife to make its way into town in search of food and water.

The New Mexico Game and Fish Department, along with firefighters from Las Cruces rescued a great horned owl from the Cattleman's Steak House sign on Tuesday.

The owl was uninjured but did require medical attention.

Because of the warmer temperatures and lack of food, the LCPD said it's possible more wildlife will be visible within the city limits.  The Game and Fish Department said it's usually best to leave the animals alone to prevent injury.

Some Las Crucens agree.

"We try to help but most of the time we just don't know how to help i think that if you see a bird and don't know what to do call someone," Linda Trujillo said. 

The Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Rescue said some animals will continue to feed their young even if they have fallen out of the nest.  They said sometimes the mothers of mammals will hide and can be very protective of their babies.

They advise anybody who encounters wildlife to call them and ask how to proceed, or call animal control.

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