So-so year for wolves; otters get second look

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By Mary Katherine Ray, Wildlife Chair

The wolf population count for 2011 is in. Despite nine known Mexican wolf deaths last year and the fires and the drought, 2011 was not a bad year for wolves. The official count is up to 58, which is eight more in the wild than at the end of 2010. Arizona has 32 and New Mexico 26.

Frequently asked questions on Trapping

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Trap Free NM has created a concise set of frequently asked questions about Trapping. Take a look at the PDF attachment.

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City of Santa Fe latest NM government body to endorse trapping ban

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Advocates hail recent anti-trapping resolutions

SANTA FE- On Tuesday, September 27, the Santa Fe City Council unanimously endorsed a citizen resolution to ban the use of leg hold, snare, and other traps on public lands. The resolution bill was sponsored by Councilors Chris Calvert and Patti Bushee, who has had two of her dogs caught in traps around Christmas one year, as well as Santa Fe Mayor David Coss.

“Santa Fe City Council has now joined many other town, city and county governments around the state in voicing support for a publicly endorsed ban on public lands trapping,” said Teresa Seamster, Executive Committee member Northern NM Group of Sierra Club. “The actions of elected officials to support a ban on these types of traps are a positive move forward.”

Few reasons for trapping


By Teresa Seamster

Trappers kill thousands of our state’s wild animals each year for recreation and profit. According to last season’s Furbearer Harvest report from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, over a thousand of the following species were killed in traps set throughout New Mexico: gray foxes (1,694), bobcats (1,715), and coyotes (4,609). But these numbers are a fraction of the actual total, which is unknown.

A hearing of our own

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By Mary Katherine Ray

Because of the injustice of the trapping decision, on Sept. 14, Sierra Club, WildEarth Guardians, Born Free USA and Animal Protection of NM held our own hearing, “The People’s Forum on Public Lands Trapping,” attended by over 130 participants. Though they were invited, no trappers, Game commissioners or representatives from N.M. Game and Fish attended.

Unmoved: Game Commission, despite thousands of letters and e-mails, allows trapping on N.M. public land

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By Mary Katherine Ray,Chapter Wildlife Chair

In July, the New Mexico State Game Commission made a final decision on trapping rules. After waiting two years for the rules to be opened to review and not having been examined since 2006, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish held the Commission meeting at which the decision was made in Clayton, a tiny town as far from any major population center in New Mexico as the map would allow, limiting public participation. This foretold the action to come.

Game Commission trapping decision incites wolf activists

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By Wren Abbott - originally published in the Santa Fe Reporter on 9/21/2011.

“There’s no gray in this issue,” Cerrillos activist Cindy Roper told attendees at a panel on animal trapping held in Albuquerque last week. “It’s very black and white.”

Activists Speaking Out Against Trapping

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Ban Was Lifted In Wolf Recovery Area

By Astrid Galvan, ABQ Journal Staff Writer
Originally published in the ABQ Journal on September 15

The founder of a Santa Fe animal sanctuary had three dogs each missing one leg. A woman from San Cristobal told of her dogs — and her fingers — being caught in animal traps.
They were two of about 75 people from all over the state who traveled to Albuquerque on Wednesday to discuss trapping on public lands.

Debate over trapping on NM public lands rages on

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By Susan Montoya Bryan/Associated Press, printed in Las Cruces Sun News on September 14

ALBUQUERQUE — The debate over whether New Mexico should prohibit the trapping of bobcats, raccoons and other furbearing animals on public lands is far from over.

Conservation groups scheduled a forum Wednesday evening to talk about trapping and a recent decision by the state Game Commission to lift a trapping ban in southwestern New Mexico, where the federal government has reintroduced the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

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