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Pronghorns captured and relocated to Santa Ana Pueblo and southeastern New Mexico

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, FEB. 3, 2017: Pronghorns captured and relocated to Santa Ana Pueblo and southeastern New Mexico SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish captured 135 pronghorns on a private ranch near Cimarron this week and relocated 40 to Santa Ana Pueblo and 66 to Bureau of Land Management property in southeastern New Mexico. The operation allowed the department to remove excess pronghorns from the Express UU Bar Ranch near Cimarron to augment herds in other parts of the state. Twenty-five of the captured pronghorns were bucks released back onto the ranch. The department uses a helicopter to herd pronghorns into a funnel-shaped, fenced area where staff on foot then drive them into an enclosed corral. Individual animals are Read more...

Bighorn sheep biologist awarded prestigious honor

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, JAN. 27, 2017: Bighorn sheep biologist awarded prestigious honor SANTA FE - New Mexico Department of Game and Fish bighorn sheep biologist Eric Rominger has been inducted into the Wild Sheep Foundation’s Wild Sheep Biologist’s Wall of Fame. Rominger, Ph.D., is a 22-year veteran of the department. He received the honor Jan. 18 at the foundation’s annual convention in Reno, Nev. Rominger, 61, has been instrumental in the department’s bighorn sheep recovery program, said Elise Goldstein, assistant chief of the department’s Wildlife Management Division. “He is a leader in his field, a wonderful person and very deserving of this honor,” Goldstein said. New Mexico’s desert bighorn sheep population was nearly wiped out by market hunting, domestic livestock diseases and mountain lion Read more...

Gould’s turkey and Gila monster recovery plans available for public review and comment

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, JAN. 27, 2017: Gould's turkey and Gila monster recovery plans available for public review and comment SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish recovery plans for Gould’s turkeys and Gila monsters are available for public review and comment. The plan is on the department website, http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/home/public-comment/. It also can be obtained by contacting John Bulger, the department’s recovery coordinator, (505) 476-8106 or john.bulger@state.nm.us. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 22, 2017. Gould’s turkeys live in the Sierra San Luis, Animas and Peloncillo Mountains of New Mexico’s Bootheel region. Gila monsters have been found in portions of Grant and Hidalgo counties. The recovery plans outline strategies to maintain viable populations of these species and their habitats within the state. ###

State Wildlife Action Plan approval results in release of federal funds

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, Dec. 16, 2016: State Wildlife Action Plan approval results in release of federal funds SANTA FE – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has provided $812,000 in State Wildlife Grant Program funds to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish following the New Mexico State Game Commission’s recent approval of a revised State Wildlife Action Plan. The commission approved the plan at its Nov. 17 meeting in Grants. It was then submitted to federal administrators resulting in the release of funds earmarked for the department. New Mexico’s State Wildlife Action Plan provides an inventory of species throughout the state in need of conservation, their habitats and any threats to them. It is used by federal officials to provide grants to states for projects beneficial to species in Read more...

White-tailed ptarmigan recovery plan available for public review and comment

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, DEC. 7, 2016: White-tailed ptarmigan recovery plan available for public review and comment SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish recovery plan for the white-tailed ptarmigan is available for public review and comment. The plan is on the department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us. It also can be obtained by contacting John Bulger, the department’s recovery coordinator, (505) 476-8106 or john.bulger@state.nm.us. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 20, 2016. The white-tailed ptarmigan is the smallest member of the grouse family and lives above timberline in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is listed as endangered under the New Mexico Wildlife Conservation Act. The recovery plan outlines strategies to maintain viable populations of the species and its habitat within Read more...