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Aggressive mountain lion reported on popular hiking trail

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An aggressive mountain lion was reported on the La Luz Trail in the Sandia Mountains on Monday morning, according to a news release from the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

“Use extra caution while you are on the trails and keep an eye out for wildlife,” wildlife biologist Amanda Rael said in the release. “Bears with cubs have been spotted in neighborhoods, rattlesnakes are out and about, as well as mountain lions and other predators.”

Sandia Ranger District officials advise trail visitors to keep children close and keep pets on a leash. If visitors encounter a mountain lion on the trail, they should back away slowly and avoid direct eye contact, while making themselves appear larger.

Visitors can contact the Sandia Ranger District for more information at 505-281-3304.

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