Wildlife

Tell the Game Commission to protect cougars and bears!

By Mary Katherine Ray, Wildlife chair 08.12.15
The New Mexico Game Commission will be making critical decisions about cougars, bears and wolves on Aug. 27.
The rules for hunting bears and cougars in the next 4 years will be voted on and the proposals being considered include
• allowing the 'sport' trapping of cougars on private and state trust land to cause more cougars to be killed each year.

Pajarito Group: Where are our bighorn sheep?

By Jody Benson

Speak up for cougars and bears in May and June

Public-comment meetings on trapping cougars to be held throughout the state
New Mexico Game and Fish is hosting public meetings about bear and cougar rules.

One of the proposals Game and Fish is considering would allow cougars to be killed using leghold traps and snares.

The current population of cougars in New Mexico has not been verified in the field and estimates may well be too high. While a cougar study is in the works for New Mexico, the data will not be available in time for the final rule adoption.

Conservation groups ask Game Commission to oppose cougar-trapping proposal

Trapping Plan Would Increase Cruelty, Put Other Wildlife, Pets at Risk

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Eight conservation organizations in the TrapFree New Mexico coalition sent a letter on May 1 urging state game commissioners to reject the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish's proposed cougar trapping season. The coalition letter highlights the dangers traps pose to outdoor enthusiasts, nontarget animals and pets like the dog caught in a trap last month in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains.

Thank you, Margot Wilson!

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair

We wish Margot Wilson a relaxing and rewarding retirement! From forest-restoration projects to travel management plans to injudicious mining proposals to State Game Commission meetings, Margot Wilson has advocated for the outdoors, our wildlife, our water and our natural landscapes from low elevations to high for decades. And even when doing all that, she also led outings to so many special places across New Mexico.

The Wildlife (Killing) Committee

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair

Sierra Club to launch Returning the Wolf to Texas Education Initiative at UTEP Rubin Center on March 18

Female Mexican wolf at the El Paso Zoo

The Sierra Club El Paso Group will launch a new Return of the Wolf to Texas Education Initiative with a lecture by Rick LoBello at the Rubin Center on the UTEP campus on March 18, 2015 at 6pm. The free program is open to the public and is part of the Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy event at the center from Feb 5-April 25.

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