Carlsbad welcomes two new residents

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Carlsbad has two new residents, two baby mountain lions.

A 5-month-old female and a 7-month-old male are now residents of the Living Desert Zoo and State Park.

Both were wild.

The male came from California, where it was found in someone’s backyard in very poor condition.

Game and fish officers think its mother had been killed leaving the cub unable to fend for itself.

The female was brought in from Washington State.

A hunter had taken her in, but turned her over when he realized it was illegal to have her.

The zoo has one other mountain lion, a 15-year-old female.

Zoo officials say she is adapting well to her new roommates. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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