Wildlife

Could Game Commission block wolf release?

Wolf1 © 2006 Larry Allen

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife chair
Despite overwhelming popular support for wolves not only at recent hearings but in polling, the New Mexico Game Commission is considering a rule change to give itself authority to prohibit the release, importation or holding of any predatory animal for the purpose of reintroduction.


Crunch time for Mexican gray wolf

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair
On Aug. 13 in Truth or Consequences, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held the last of two hearings for its new proposals governing Mexican wolf reintroduction. The other was in Pinetop, Ariz. At both hearings wolf supporters outnumbered detractors by a ratio of 2 to 1 in the random draw to select people to testify. This ratio mirrors the overwhelming public support wolves enjoy.


How to help wildlife through the human zone

This bobcat kitten was brought to the Wildlife Center from a backyard.

By Katherine Eagleson, Wildlife Center, Española, 06/30/14

In the United States we have done a pretty good job of saving scenic places. A lot of wildlife lives in those places.

But when a drought lingers year after year and depletes food sources, or a wildfire burns the habitat to dirt, or maybe it’s just time for the youngsters to move out, make a life of their own, spread the gene pool, how do we accommodate wild animals’ need to move?

Badly, that’s how we have done it so far. We have not planned well to give wildlife the corridors they need to move safely between habitats. We have also misled the public by giving the impression that wildlife managers can collect wildlife from backyards and parks and homeowners’ association properties and transport them to some wilderness nirvana.


BLM considers fencing to protect prairie dogs

By Teresa Seamster, 06/3014
A surprise population of Gunnison’s Prairie Dogs living on the Caja del Rio has encouraged a Forest Service biologist and the Northern New Mexico Group to map burrows and ask BLM for protection from off-road vehicles.

When I first heard about the prairie dogs it was in the context of how barren the BLM land was on the Caja and how it looked as if there were no longer prairie dogs out there. Later, I was asked if I could come out and see if there were any Gunnison’s out there.

The result was unexpected.


Trapping Reform in New Mexico

Legtrap © M.K. Ray

Most people are astonished to learn that trapping is still a legal activity in New Mexico. Because fur prices are high now due to demand from fashion houses not only in North America and Europe, but also in Asia, the amount of trapping going on in New Mexico is higher than it has been in years.

Watch this video to see that New Mexicans from many walks of life oppose trapping on public lands.


Trap Free New Mexico

Trap Free Zia Poster

We need your help to show the faces that support a trap-free New Mexico. Be part of our video montage by downloading and printing the trap-free poster (or make your own) and fill in the blank with words that describe YOU! Then take your picture holding the sign and email it back to Mary Katherine Ray at mkrscrim@kitcarson.net.

Let your voices be heard- and your faces- be seen! In the spirit of the season, gather the kids, the dogs the horses and everyone and create your trap-free NM identity today! The printable poster is attached and can be downloaded.

Watch this video to see that New Mexicans from many walks of life oppose trapping on public lands.

See even more New Mexicans from many walks of life opposing trapping on public lands.


Crawford Symposium - Feb. 25 - ABQ

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2014 Crawford Symposium ~ Green Trails for the Next Generation ~

What: A gathering and celebration to share our research and ideas about the New Mexico bosque and landscape we cherish. This is an event for high school school & college students, professionals and the community to promote information sharing, networking and action to help create a sustainable future!

Date: Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Location: Bosque School ~ Budagher Hall, 4000 Learning Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120


Westerners pack the room for wolves

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By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair

With the government back in business after its October shutdown, all of U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s public hearings on its rule proposals for wolf management have been held. One was in Washington DC before the shutdown, afterwards there was one in Denver, Sacramento, Albuquerque and Pinetop, Ariz. The last two also allowed testimony about the proposed Mexican Wolf rule changes in addition to the delisting all other wolves from Endangered Species protection.


Wolves face ever more obstacles

captive Mexican Wolf - photo by Jeromy Parsell

By Mary Katherine Ray, chapter wildlife chair

As the drought intensifies and the fires are raging on wildland across New Mexico, our beleaguered Mexican wolves continue to struggle.


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