Legalized wolf-killing to resume in Idaho, Montana


By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair

Opposition to wolves has escalated and now includes not only livestock interests but the hunting and outfitting lobby. These hunters erroneously believe that the integrity of wild places once inhabited by wolves can be maintained in their absence.

Leghold traps have unintended victims

Coyote Trapped

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair

It was a beautiful winter hike in February, and our five Sierra Club outing participants had already seen several hawks. A little group of elk had crossed right in front of us. But just after we dropped down into a deeper canyon from the gentle juniper grassland hills, a movement caught my eye. To our horror, it was a coyote, and she was caught in a leg-hold trap struggling to get away.

Pearce a threat to wolves

Wolf2 © 2006 Larry Allen

The greatest threat to the survival of Mexican gray wolves today isn't the miscreant in the woods who illegally shoots a bullet into a wolf's head; it's a politician walking the halls of Congress named Steve Pearce.

Rep. Pearce, whose anti-environment extremism earned him a place on the League of Conservation Voters "Dirty Dozen" list in 2008, has recently proposed to cut federal funding for the Mexican wolf recovery program.

Statewide support for Wolf protection

Wolf1 © 2006 Larry Allen

February 27 - The Albuquerque Journal published four letters to the editor in support of wolf protection. The authors were from Silver City (2), Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. The letters to the editor are attached.

On February 21, the Las Cruces Sun News published a letter to the editor on the same topic from a Las Cruces woman.

Santa Fe County Commission Supports Ban of “Inhumane Traps”

Vote is 4 to 1

February 22 - Santa Fe, NM. The Santa Fe County Commission adopted a resolution to support the ban of inhumane animal traps on public land in New Mexico as groups, cities and counties increasingly call for the removal of these devices. These traps include steel-jaw leg-hold traps, strangulation snares, and other versions of such traps.

Hikers Encounter Coyote Crushed in Leg-hold Trap

Coyote Trapped

Groups Call for Trapping Reforms

Feb 18 - Winston, NM. Amidst growing public pressure to ban barbaric traps on public lands in New Mexico, last Saturday, a group of Sierra Club hikers stumbled upon a coyote that had its leg crushed in a steel-jawed, leg-hold trap.

“The coyote’s leg was horribly mangled. We saw bone fragments and torn flesh,” Mary Katherine Ray, the trip leader observed. “I am no stranger to trapping issues, but seeing a live animal captured and injured in that brutal device was absolutely grievous and deplorable.”

Traps Ensnare Hiker and Dogs

Three Recent Incidents Plague New Mexicans

January 7, 2011 - Santa Fe, NM. Since mid-December, at least three New Mexico residents and/or their dogs have been caught in leg-hold traps set out by fur trappers. In one instance, the traps were illegally set but snows have hindered investigation by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

BLM secretarial order restores protections for the many wild lands

Kitchen Mesa

Comment from Norma McCallan, RG Chapter Public Lands Co-Chair

"It is great news that the BLM's new secretarial order restores protections for the many wild lands that the BLM administers and will once again allow the BLM to inventory for and designate appropriate areas with wilderness characteristics under its jurisdiction as "Wild Lands" and to manage them to protect their wilderness values.

Upper Rio Grande Full of River Otters

Otter ©2006 Larry Allen

The mother otter slipped into the quiet, bubbling waters of the Rio Pueblo de Taos, her cub not far behind her. They were the 32nd and 33rd otters to be released into the Upper Rio Grande watershed over the past three years, as part of a project to restore otters to New Mexico.

Sierra Club Seeks to Protect Borderlands

US Border Fence © Jeff Foot

There is nothing about the U.S. border with Mexico that is uncomplicated, nor are there any easy answers to policy issues. What we do know is what doesn’t work – walls that block wildlife movements, cause flooding, and have forced thousands of migrants to their deaths; and measures such as REAL ID that allow one appointed individual to waive a plethora of environmental-protection laws to facilitate the construction of walls.

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