Ban on coyote-killing contests tabled in House committee


By Mona Blaber 02/27/15

By a vote of 8-2, with two Democrats joining all Republicans, a bipartisan bill that would ban coyote-killing contests -- but still allow all other kinds of coyote-hunting -- was tabled in the House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee on Friday, Feb. 27.

The bill passed the state Senate by a vote of 27-13 on Feb. 13. Only Democratic Reps. Bill McCamley and Bobby Gonzales voted for the ban.

Ask your legislator to support a ban on trapping in New Mexico


House Bill 426, which would end the cruel practice of trapping in New Mexico, was defeated in the House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee Friday, Feb. 27.

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Citizen lobbyists can make a real difference this year on issues ranging from coyote-killing contests and preserving the free-flowing Gila River to maintaining solar energy in New Mexico and protecting the rights of those who live near industrial dairies. (Read more about important environmental legislation here.)

Wilderness 50 celebration a wild success

Pecos wilderness sign

By Victoria Regina

October 15 through the 19 were some “wild days” for Albuquerque. The 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act was celebrated with a conference and the Get Wild Festival.

The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter played a major role in the festivities. The conference and festival were attended by more than 1,200 people from all over the world.

Dustin Chavez-Davis, Sierra Club Our Wild America associate organizing representative, and volunteer Peggy Norton took about 30 people on bike trips to the Rio Grande Bosque on Oct. 15 and 19.

Returning the wolf to Texas

Wolf sign

By Rick LoBello, El Paso Group, January 14, 2015

Less than 100 yards from my office at the El Paso Zoo, every day I am reminded of one of the most important missing links in the Chihuahuan Desert eco-region, a wild predator that we all know as a symbol of wilderness and as an important apex predator, the gray wolf, or Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi).

New Fish and Wildlife Rule would harm wolves


By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife chair, January 14, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding rule changes to Mexican wolf reintroduction is the last step in a tortuously long process that began with scoping hearings in 2007 and progressed to even more hearings this year and last about the draft proposals.

Rio Grande Chapter activists and our allies have participated at every step along the way — sending in thousands of comments and attending hearings in person by the hundreds.

Research shows killing wolves hurts livestock

Wolf1 © 2006 Larry Allen

By Mary Katherine Ray, January 14, 2015

New research finds that killing wolves to prevent livestock depredation in the Northern Rockies is counterproductive.

State Game Commission meddles to thwart wolf


By Mary Katherine Ray, January 14, 2015

Despite hundreds of email protests and many in the hearing room, the New Mexico Game Commission has inserted itself into endangered-species recovery by giving itself authority to deny permits for holding and release of mammalian carnivores on private land for the purpose of recovery and reintroduction.

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Coyote Trapped

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair, January 14, 2015

Trapping season has begun again in New Mexico. It is a winter pastime because that is when the fur of animals like bobcats, foxes and coyotes is thickest and worth the most money.

Chapter director’s column: Victories come from determination


By Camilla Feibelman, January 15, 2015

I hope that each of you took some serious time to rest during the holiday season and recoup your energies, because the environment is going to need you more than ever next year.

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