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NMDGF Conservation News

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New rules to battle aquatic invasive species now in effect

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 18, 2017: New rules to battle aquatic invasive species now in effect SANTA FE – New rules to combat the spread of aquatic invasive species in New Mexico went into effect July 11. Changes include: Watercraft owners are required to stop at an inspection station whenever one is set up and in operation. Mandatory inspection and, if necessary, decontamination is required of all out-of-state registered watercraft or watercraft re-entering the state of New Mexico. All boaters are required to “pull the plug” and completely drain watercraft when transporting on a New Mexico roadway. “The boating public’s cooperation is essential in our fight to prevent destructive invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels from infecting our waterways,” said James Dominiguez, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the 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: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 13, 2017: Public reminded to leave young wildlife alone SANTA FE – 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 people discover are simply hiding while awaiting their parents’ return from foraging nearby. Removing these young animals can cost them their lives, Rick Winslow, a department biologist warned. “You might think you’re rescuing it, but in reality you’re just kidnapping it,” Winslow said. “In most cases, the best thing to do is just leave it alone and quietly leave the area.” People who pick up wild animals also risk exposing themselves to fleas and ticks that may carry Read more...

Be bear aware during hot July 4 holidays

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 29, 2017: Be bear aware during hot July 4 holidays SANTA FE – Many people will be headed outdoors for a long holiday this weekend, and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is reminding everyone to be aware of the greater chance of encountering bears and other native wildlife. Bears have become more active recently as hot weather forces them to work harder and roam farther to find food and water, said Rick Winslow, the department’s bear and cougar biologist. More young bears also are setting out on their own this summer following three years of good precipitation and high bear reproduction, Winslow said. Residents of wildland-urban interface areas such as the foothills of Santa Fe and Albuquerque or rural portions of Read more...

Big machinery moves in to save small, critical species

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us The Nature Conservancy Tracey Stone, (602) 738-1586 tstone@TNC.ORG FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 25, 2017: Big machinery moves in to save small, critical species SILVER CITY – Huge machinery, backhoes, hard work and a lot of sweat will be part of a massive Mimbres River restoration project designed to save an imperiled fish found nowhere else in the United States and a frog that’s near extinction. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and The Nature Conservancy are joining forces in this effort to rebuild a robust population of the Chihuahua chub and enhance the status of Chiricahua leopard frogs. The work is happening on The Nature Conservancy’s Mimbres River Preserve in Grant County. “We’re seeing great success from a similar project along the Mimbres and are excited to partner 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: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 26, 2017: 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 2017. Citizen advisors will prioritize Habitat Stamp-funded projects for 2018 and 2019. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the following regional Citizen Advisory Committee meetings: Southwest: 10 a.m. May 15, Gila National Forest office, 3005 E. Camino del Bosque, Silver City. Southeast: 9 a.m. May 17, Central Valley Electric Cooperative, 1403 N. 13th Street, Artesia. Central: 9 a.m. May 18, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish office, 3841 Midway Place N.E., Albuquerque. Northwest: 9 a.m. May 22, Carson National Forest office, 1110 Rio Vista Lane, Unit #2, Bloomfield. Northeast: Read more...