Conservation News

Conservation News 2017-12-07T09:21:21+00:00

NMDGF Conservation News

The latest conservation news and press releases from New Mexico Game and Fish. Department-wide news can be found under Home → NMDGF News.

Department cautions campers be aware increased bear activity Jemez Mountains

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 25, 2018: Department cautions campers to be aware of increased bear activity in the Jemez Mountains JEMEZ – Due to multiple sightings of bear cubs by campers in the area of Forest Road 376 in the Jemez Mountains, recreationists are reminded to keep a clean camp and be bear aware during the long weekend. According to Tristanna Bickford, communications director, “some may view this as a unique opportunity to view young wildlife; however, it is very important for people to not attempt to approach these bears for any reason and to maintain a safe distance.” The department strongly urges you to avoid getting between the mother and her cubs. Bickford continues, “Always be aware that the mother is likely in the area. Approaching wildlife is Read more...

Public reminded to leave young wildlife alone

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 21, 2018: Public reminded to leave young wildlife alone SANTA FE – Spring in New Mexico is an exciting time for wildlife. This is the time of year when most babies are born. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reminds the public to leave alone any deer or antelope fawns, elk calves, bear cubs or other wild animals they may find. Most young-of-the-year wildlife that people discover are simply hiding while awaiting their parents’ return from foraging nearby. Removing these young animals can cost them their lives, Orrin Duvuvuei, department deer and pronghorn biologist, warned. “For about a week after birth, young wildlife exhibit hiding behaviors to avoid detection and increase their chance for survival. You might think it has been abandoned, but Read more...

Citizen Advisory Committees to meet to recommend Habitat Stamp projects

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 14, 2018: Citizen Advisory Committees to meet to recommend Habitat Stamp projects SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled statewide Habitat Stamp Program Citizens Advisory Committee meetings for 2018. Citizen advisors will prioritize Habitat Stamp-funded projects for 2019 and 2020. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the following regional Citizen Advisory Committee meetings: Southeast: 10 a.m. May 22, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Southeast Area office, 1912 W. Second St., Roswell. Southwest: 10 a.m. May 24, Bureau of Land Management, Las Cruces District office, 1800 Marquess St., Las Cruces. Northwest: 10 a.m. May 29, Bureau of Land Management, Farmington Field office, 6251 College Blvd. Suite A., Farmington. Northeast: 10 a.m. June 1, Bureau of Land Management, Read more...

Officers catch wandering bear in Rio Rancho today

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 26, 2018: Officers catch wandering bear in Rio Rancho today SANTA FE – Department of Game and Fish officers captured a male bear found roaming in Rio Rancho this morning and plan to relocate and release it. The healthy 200-pound bear has not been captured in the past and is approximately three years old. “Our officers did a great job safely catching the bear this morning,” said Major Colin Duff. “Even in the city, it’s important to remember you may encounter wildlife.” Due to drought conditions throughout the state, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is urging residents to be aware of the greater chance of encountering bears. The state has experienced less than average precipitation Read more...

Donate part of your state tax refund to help wildlife

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 4, 2018: Donate part of your state tax refund to help wildlife SANTA FE – Want to help wildlife in need of conservation? It’s as easy as filing out a line on your state tax return to donate some of your tax refund to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Share with Wildlife program. The Share with Wildlife program funds many projects and organizations, including the non-profit New Mexico Wildlife Center in Española, where sick and injured animals receive veterinary care, treatment and rehabilitation before being released back into the wild. The program also funds research, including a study of the success of the North American river otter reintroduction effort that was conducted 2008-2010, and evaluation of the current size and health of the Read more...