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.

First wolf-conservation stamp grant

Wolf Stamp

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is excited to announce that it has awarded its first Conservation Wolf Stamp Grant to filmmaker and conservationist Elke Duerr for her Wild Wolf Film project.

Wolves in Danger - Congress may strip Mexican Wolves of endangered protection


Nearly a year ago, the official tally of the Mexican wolf population was just 42 animals in Arizona and New Mexico. Some had puppies this summer and a new count will take place soon to see how many survived. Our wolves could be thriving and we know nature needs them, but in the meantime, 6 of the 42 perished this year, all but one under suspicious circumstances.

NM Game Commission adopts disappointing cougar and bear rules, but the wolf area trapping ban is approved.

On October 28, we were disheartened that the New Mexico Game Commission voted to adopt an arbitrary cougar quota of 742. This number was recommended by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in an 11th hour move to make their previous recommendation more palatable to the public. Initially, the agency wanted a quota of nearly 1000 dead cougars but the outcry was so vocal and numerous they felt compelled to tone it down.

Club Protests NM Game Commission plan to double Cougar/Bear Kill Quotas

October 20 - The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club, Wild Earth Guardians, and Animal Protection of New Mexico have sent a letter to the New Mexico Game Commission protesting the plan to double kill quotas for bears and cougars in New Mexico. The letter is attached.

Also, Sierra Club members in New Mexico have sent 100's of e-mails to each of the game commissioners protesting this plan.

State plans could decimate cougars and bears

MountainLion © 2006 Larry Allen

New Mexico Game and Fish is proposing to drastically raise the number of bears and cougars that can be killed every year. It wants to increase the number of bears that can die from 406 to 733, apparently based on anecdotal evidence that people are seeing “a lot” of bears.Please help ensure that these plans are not enacted by contacting Game Commissioners and the Director of NM Game and Fish. Ask that the cougar and bear rules that are the result of years of progress in carnivore management stay as they are.

Please attend the next Game Commission meeting at 9 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso.

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