• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

Wildlife Sightings

Gray Fox
Gray Fox
NPS Photos/Big Bend National Park
 

Big Bend is a wild place, dynamic and wide open, complete with the age-old life and death struggle of competition, survival of the fittest, a wildlife paradise. With over 650 species of vertebrates and 3,600 species of insects, Big Bend is a living, breathing laboratory of biodiversity. Visitors see it in action daily, often reporting their encounters with javelinas, sighting a mother bear with cubs, or delighting in the antics of the roadrunner chasing its lizard prey.

Below are summaries of black bear and mountain lion sightings, taken from wildlife sighting cards turned in by park staff and visitors. Remember, we can only list the sightings you report. Always report unusual sightings to a park ranger.
 

Did You Know?

Mountain lion on the Boot Canyon Trail

Mountain lions can be found throughout Big Bend National Park, both in the desert and the Chisos Mountains. Approximately 24 mountain lions reside in the park. More...