No, They live in the suburbs! Saw a News story this morning where a lady found a bear cub in her garage crying for it's mother. It was up on the garage door track, she tried raising andlowering the door a little to get the cub out, but it wouldn't go. Finally the mother came by, pushed the door up, and was reunited with her cub.
So, as you can see, Bears do not live in the woods.
Now that would depend on what kind of bear and what woods now wouldn't it? I mean there are Black Bear in Michigan, however there seems to be a noticeable lack of Polar Bear and Grizzly Bear. Then again, Polar Bears don't really live in the woods. But even in Michigan, the Black Bear is more abundant in some regions and absent in other regions even if there are woods there.
So the answer to your question would be "It depends."
I've seen a few scorpions in NM and lots of rattlesnakes. I haven't seen a tarantula here in many years. Prepare for Hot, Hot weather in Roswell this time of year. In fact, it's hot everywhere in NM this summer.
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We get scorpions in the house in Oklahoma, got them in west Texas. Don't see why they wouldn't be around Roswell, climate is not that different.
You'll definitely have rattlesnakes in the area, they are one of the first-level predators helping to keep rodent populations down. If an area is brushy, you'll probably also have copperheads, and if wet, moccasins.
The scorpions and copperheads are reclusive, you won't see them during the day, have to watch for them at night. Indoors, scorpions hide under and behind furniture, in cabinets, behind the books in the bookshelves; even found them inside my loose-leaf notebooks.
Rattlesnakes you might see, they like to sun themselves in the morning after getting cool at night. Then they head for shady spots where you might not so readily see them, but they'll let you know if you get too close.
Moccasins will be in the water and around the shore.
Key to getting along with these venomous creatures is to let them be. Most bites and stings come from handling them, either curiosity or your urge to be rid of them.
I've never heard of any moccasins (other than Indian made) or copperheads in NM. Anybody know if we have them for sure?
We saw a black scorpion about 8 inches long in our back yard not too long ago. I didn't realize they were that big. I've got a couple of rattlesnake skins that are maybe 5 feet long. If you don't bother them they won't bother you (usually). I've seen signs at some NM historical attractions (like old missions, etc.) where the trails are marked "Please stay on the trail, the rattlesnakes don't like visitors" or something like that (I can't find my pictures of the signs right now).
There are no water moccasins or copperheads in New Mexico. If you're actually looking for scorpions rather than trying to avoid them like most folks would do - get a black light and use it at night - around rocks/tree trunks but watch out for the rattlesnakes. Good luck in finding them!
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We've got Tarantualas in the South East. Game Warden told of finding them in his basement quite often but never saw one until a few years ago. They are not as big as on TV but big enough. Biggest one, to date, was about 2 inches span. I may have to keep kitty indoors so the mice can live long enough to control them.
Got packs of coyotes now to worry about too. They have taught dog to harmonize and sing on key though....at 3 in the morning.
I'm not worried about bothering them. I mean we fully plan on bothering the scorpions. We caught 3 Tarantualas last night. Much bigger than 2 inches. Haven't seen a scorpion since the ones we caught at the grand canyon and not a single snake although we have been up many mornings looking for ones sunning themselves.