Live Cougar Cam – New Mexico
Meet “Zia” and “True.”
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish rescued these two sisters, orphaned when their mother was killed this past winter. One of the two had a broken leg from being caught in a trap and both were taken to a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Espanola. On May 3, 2016 they arrived at their new home at Edgewood’s Wildlife West Nature Park.
Roger Alink, owner of Wildlife West, says the park works closely with Game and Fish personnel and often provides permanent homes for wild animals that have been rescued. True and Zia lost their mother before she could teach them how to survive in the wild on their own.
“These two are acclimating well to their new home, and thriving on a special carnivore diet made in Nebraska especially for felines. We will care for them for the rest of their lives.”
New Mexico Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said the department was very excited to learn about the two cougars and immediately started working on a CougarCam – a camera placed inside the cougars’ habitat and streaming live 24 hours every day. “Cougars are part of the natural history of our state,” she said. “Their range is all over New Mexico, from the north to the south, but because they are quite shy, very few people have actually seen them. Now people from all over the world can watch these two grow up.”