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NMDGF Conservation News

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Cutthroat trout featured on new license plate

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, OCT. 25, 2017: Cutthroat trout featured on new license plate SANTA FE – A new Share with Wildlife program license plate available to the public features a Rio Grande cutthroat trout, New Mexico's state fish. “Anglers and everyone who enjoys our state's fish and aquatic habitats will love this new license plate,” said Ginny Seamster, program coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “And it’s all for a good cause, conserving wildlife.” Since 1981 the Share with Wildlife program has funded wildlife research, habitat enhancement, education and rehabilitation projects around the state. Many of these projects benefit nongame species in need of conservation. The program relies upon donations, including the purchase of special license plates from Read more...

Public meetings will address proposed changes in pronghorn rule

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, OCT. 5, 2017: Public meetings will address proposed changes in pronghorn rule SANTA FE –The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the pronghorn rule. The Department is proposing changes to how pronghorn are hunted in New Mexico, structuring pronghorn hunts similarly to how deer are hunted in the state. This will provide increased opportunity for public and private-land hunters. Improved pronghorn survey methods have resulted in better biological data from which to base harvest recommendations. Additionally, the department has heard various concerns regarding the current Antelope Private Land Use System (A-PLUS). The department is developing recommendations to be implemented for the start of the 2019-2020 hunting season. To gather public comments, four public meetings will be conducted: Albuquerque: 6 to Read more...

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...