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BLM New Mexico manages wildlife habitat on over 13 million acres of public land. These lands are incredibly rich and diverse, providing essential habitat for our states fish, wildlife, and special status species of plants and animals.

Explore some of the tools we use to balance our multiple land use mandate while also protecting and restoring important wildlife habitat.

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From big game to invertebrates, New Mexico prides itself in its abundant wildlife. As stewards of public lands, BLM New Mexico works hard to assure that the lands we are entrusted to manage provide healthy habitats for our wildlife populations.

Our success is based, in large part, to the many partners that work with us on this effort.

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Did you know that New Mexico boasts a broad diversity of wildlife with an estimated 570 bird species and 275 mammal species recorded in the state? Reptiles (143 species), fish (162 species), amphibians (39 species), invertebrates (over 5,500 species) also abound along with thousands of species of plants.

Want to learn more? You’ve come to the right place!

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Wildlife in the News? Check our Newsroom.

River Otters Released in Upper Rio Grande
Populations of a New Mexico native – river otters – once found in streams and rivers throughout the state, are now growing with a second transplant and release.


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Rare Falcons Back in New Mexico
The BLM is working with The Peregrine Fund and other agencies to restore Aplomado Falcons to their native historic ranges in southern New Mexico. 

BLM New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Areas

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Watchable Wildlife Watchable Wildlife

Carlsbad Field Office
 Black River Recreation Area
 Guadalupe Backcountry Byway
 La Cueva Non-Motorized Trail System

Farmington Field Office

 Angel Peak Scenic Area
 Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness

Simon Canyon Area of Critical Environmental Concern

Las Cruces District Office
 Aguirre Spring Campground
 Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
 Dripping Springs Natural Area
 Gila Lower Box Canyon
 Granite Gap
 Lake Valley Backcountry Byway
 Lake Valley Historic Townsite
 McGregor Range
 Prehistoric Trackways National Monument
 Sierra Vista Trail
 Soledad Canyon Day Use Area

Rio Puerco Field Office

 Cabezon Peak Wilderness Study Area
 Cebolla Wilderness
 Chain of Craters Backcountry Byway
 Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
 El Malpais National Conservation Area
 Ignacio Chavez Special Management Area

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

 Perea Nature Trail

West Malpais Wilderness

Roswell Field Office

 Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area

Valley of Fires Recreation Area

Socorro Field Office

 Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

Datil Well Recreation Area Campground


Quebradas Backcountry Byway


San Lorenzo Canyon Recreation Area

 Socorro Nature Area

Taos Field Office

 Rio Chama Wild and Scenic River

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River

 Red River Wild and Scenic River

Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway


Wild Rivers Recreation Area

 Orilla Verde Recreation Area
 Sabinoso Wilderness