The sheer number of wildlife roaming the forests – and even the streets! – of Ruidoso is astounding. Over 200 species of birds live in or migrate through the area. Elk, deer and bears are frequently seen in our neighborhoods. Even the occasional mountain lion has made an appearance. So take a short hike – or sit on your deck! – and have your camera ready.
New Mexico is home to three of the five recognized North American subspecies of wild turkey. The Merriam's turkey is typically associated with areas of ponderosa pine. Turkeys are usually seen in the early mornings just before dawn in forested areas.