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Otero Mesa: America's Wildest Grassland

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Published on Oct 26, 2016

Otero Mesa is the wildest remaining grassland in North America. At over 1.2 million acres, it stretches from the Texas border in the south to the Sacramento Mountains in the north, from the Fort Bliss Military Reserve in the west to the Guadalupe Mountains in the east.

For centuries Otero Mesa has been home to the Mescalero Apache and other Native American tribes. Petroglyphs and rock middens throughout the area testify to earlier habitation. More recently, Otero Mesa has been home to a hardy, independent group of ranchers and has New Mexico's last remaining native pronghorn population. In Otero Mesa, you'll find mule deer, prairie dogs, coyotes, bald and golden eagles. Otero Mesa is a crucial wintering ground for countless migratory songbirds.

We simply can't afford to lose this wild and uniquely New Mexican landscape. KEEP OTERO MESA WILD!

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