Photo of lion on rocky ledge. Text: We must stop New Mexico house bill 586. Cougars are not varmints to be killed any time, any where. Defeated, we did it!


Introduced by Representative Zachary J. Cook, House Bill 586 would have removed cougars from the list of game animals, making it legal for New Mexico residents to kill an unlimited number of cougars, any time, any where. Ranchers and farmers were already allowed to kill cougars that threaten their livestock, and sport hunters are not restricted by the unattainably high season quotas. House Bill 586 served no purpose other than to encourage residents to eradicate cougars. And by classifying them as varmints rather than a game animal, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish would have lost oversight and revenue from selling cougar hunting tags. Thanks to overwhelming opposition, the bill did not make it past the House Regulatory & Public Affairs Committee, and is officially dead!


House Bill 586 officially died Monday afternoon (March 9, 2015), thanks to overwhelming opposition from the public and even the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Thank you to everyone who called and emailed the New Mexico legislature to help kill this terrible bill.

If you have a moment, please consider contacting the House Regulatory & Public Affairs Committee and thank them for voting against HB 586.

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REVIEW THE ORIGINAL ALERT: Contact the House Regulatory & Public Affairs Committee

The Agriculture, Water & Wildlife Committee approved HB 586 on Friday, March 6th. The bill has now advanced to the House Regulatory & Public Affairs Committee.

Please contact the members of this committee and ask them to vote NO on HB 586.

Rep. Yvette Harrell, Chair, 986-4416,
Rep. Bob Wooley, Vice Chair, 986-4454,
Rep. Deborah Armstrong, 986-4435,
Rep. Nora Espinoza, 986-4852,
Rep. D. Wonda Johnson, 986-4435,
Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, 986-4221,
Rep. James Smith, 986-4840,

Here's What to Say

In your letter or telephone call, please point out:

  • House Bill 586 is an unnecessary bill that encourages the extermination of our native wildlife.
  • The unregulated killing of cougars, including females and kittens, is not proper wildlife management and should not be allowed in New Mexico.
  • The current "game" status of cougars does not restrict sport hunters or ranchers from killing adult cougars or those that pose a threat.
  • Classifying cougars as varmints rather than a game animal will eliminate a source of revenue (more than $80,000 a year) for the Department of Game and Fish. In this economy, every penny counts!
  • Please Vote NO on House Bill 586! Thank you!

Please also send MLF a copy of your letter and cc emails to Thank you!

Pass It On

Please share this action alert with your friends and family through email and social media. Forward this page to your New Mexico friends and consider sharing it on Facebook.

Thank you so very much for taking the time to help protect New Mexico's mountain lions!

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