While trophy hunting threatens the future of lions in New Mexico, the recent authorization of trapping has exacerbated wildlife mortality and set the state back decades in terms of management attitudes. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously to allow the use of steel-jawed leghold traps and snares throughout the state, including in Mexican wolf and jaguar habitat. Cougar trapping in these areas presents a mortal and unlawful threat to these endangered animals because due to their similarity in size, prey and habitat preference they will inevitably be caught in traps set for cougars. As of February 2016, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that only 97 Mexican wolves remained in the wild in the US.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the Bear and Cougar Rule. This rule dictates how bears and cougars can be killed in New Mexico and seeks to eliminate the use of "traps and snares as a method of sport harvest for cougar on private and State Trust lands."
The last day to officially submit public comment is the day before the State Game Commission meeting on November 21 where they will give their final decision. However, it is best to submit your comments prior to NMDGF making their final recommendations. Doing so will allow them to incorporate your comment into their decision making process as they make their final recommendations. In order to allow NMDGF to include your feedback, it is best to submit your comment for this rule before September 18th.
New Mexico State Game Commission will meet on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 9:00 AM MDT where they will make a final determination on the rule.
Meeting address: NMDGF Office, 1615 W College Blvd, Roswell, NM 88201
By mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Bear and Cougar Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504
By email: DGF-Bear-Cougar-Rules@state.nm.us
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At the meetings or in your letter, urge NMDGF to: