Plan for Middle Rio Grande released

Expanding programs such as the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program

By Dave Simon

The Rio Grande is one of the world’s great rivers. Over 1,800 miles in length, the Rio Grande is the fifth-longest river in North America. More than 500 miles of the Rio Grande form the heart of New Mexico—the state’s primary drainage feature and most valuable natural and cultural resource.

Wildlife management or wildlife destruction?

Protest at NM Game & Fish Dept. - photo by MK Ray

On June 21, the state Game Commission rubber-stamped Game and Fish’s
recommendation to drastically increase allowed bear and cougar kills in New Mexico.

By Mary Katherine Ray, Wildlife Chair

What exactly is meant when the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish uses the words “wildlife management”? When it comes to carnivores, it means one thing: killing. Game and Fish is proposing to increase the number of bears being killed despite only two years having passed since the quotas were raised dramatically already.

So-so year for wolves; otters get second look

Wolf2 © 2006 Larry Allen

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

Wolf1 © 2006 Larry Allen

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

Prairie dogs return to Galisteo Basin

Prairie Dog Feeding

The Gunnison Prairie Dog population in Galisteo Basin has increased from 58 in 2009 to 250 in 2011 thanks to a coordinated effort by the Sierra Club, City of Santa Fe, People for Native Ecosystems, and Wild Earth Guardians.

Mexican wolves endure more losses


By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair

The most recent lethal removal of Mexican wolves occurred in mid-December with the blessing of wolf reintroduction project officials when a lone female consorted too closely with ranch dogs in Beaverhead, NM.

Get your non-trapping license today!

Non-trapping license

The Trap Free NM coalition of which we are a part is offering these wonderful, wallet-sized, laminated non-trapping licenses. Your purchase of $20 is all it costs to help us build support for ending brutal and indiscriminate trapping on New Mexico public lands. That is the same price as an actual trapping license issued by NM Game and Fish which allows the unlimited slaughter-for-profit of our wildlife. Purchase of this license supports living wildlife and recreation in wild places unhindered by traps.

Buy your New Mexico Non-Trapping License Now!

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

Bobcat siblings © Julianne Koza

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.

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