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NMDGF Conservation News

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New bear-resistant dumpsters should reduce conflicts

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, OCT. 27, 2016: New bear-resistant dumpsters should reduce conflicts LOS ALAMOS – A routine call from the Los Alamos Medical Center resulted in the purchase of 13 bear-resistant dumpsters to be placed at 10 locations throughout the city. The medical center initially contacted the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish about a problem with bears visiting dumpsters at the facility. Following a site visit, Game and Fish personnel contacted Los Alamos County regarding similar issues. “The bears had become regular visitors and we were concerned about the bears and potential issues with people,” said Carlos Branch, director of plant operations at the medical center. “We anticipate the new dumpsters will minimize interactions with bears and other animals that climb into the containers and pull out trash. Read more...

Raton receives 650 new bear resistant trash dumpsters

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, Sept. 23, 2016 Raton receives 650 new bear resistant trash dumpsters Bear Resistant Dumpster RATON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the City of Raton have installed 650 bear-resistant trash dumpsters to discourage bears from frequenting the town in search of food. “The collaborative project has been a huge success,” said Scott Berry, Raton’s city manager. “The new containers have provided numerous benefits, including decreased operating costs associated with cleanup, a cleaner city and a healthier environment for the area’s wildlife.” The department partnered with the city to buy the custom-built dumpsters and contributed about $382,500 to the effort. The city provided another $213,000, said Bob Osborn, the department’s assistant chief of private lands programs. Read more...

Chronic wasting disease found in McGregor Range deer

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Lance Cherry: (505) 476-8003 lance.cherry@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 19, 2016: Chronic wasting disease found in McGregor Range deer SANTA FE – Five deer harvested in the McGregor Range area of southern New Mexico during the 2015-16 hunting season have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Department of Game and Fish announced. Hunters who harvested those deer have been notified of the test results. Forty hunters who drew licenses for 2016-17 hunts on the range will be notified and advised of procedures to present their harvested deer for testing. First discovered in New Mexico in 2002, chronic wasting disease has only been found in the state’s southern hunting units. To date, 42 deer and 8 elk have tested positive for the disease. Tissue samples were obtained from hunters who presented their harvest for testing, Read more...

State list of threatened and endangered species available for public 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, SEPT. 2, 2016: State list of threatened and endangered species available for public comment SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the Biennial Review of the status of all state-listed, threatened and endangered wildlife species. The Biennial Review process determines whether a state-listed wildlife species should maintain its current status or be moved from threatened to endangered or endangered to threatened. Adding or removing species from the state list is a separate process. Listing decisions are based on biological and ecological factors. Social, economic and political considerations noted during the review can be considered in the implementation of conservation and recovery actions after the species is listed. The Wildlife Conservation Act contains no provisions for critical habitat, Read more...

Revised State Wildlife Action Plan available soon

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact: Matt Wunder (505) 476-8118 matthew.wunder@state.nm.us Media contact: Karl Moffatt (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Aug. 1, 2016: Revised State Wildlife Action Plan available soon SANTA FE – A revised draft of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish State Wildlife Action Plan will be available for public review and comment beginning Aug. 2. The document serves as the blueprint for planning and implementation of the department’s wildlife and habitat conservation initiatives over the next 10 years. It can be viewed and downloaded from the department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/state-wildlife-action-plan. A printed version of the plan can be obtained by contacting Matt Wunder of the department’s Ecological and Environmental Planning Division, (505) 476-8118 or matthew.wunder@state.nm.us. Comments about the plan can be submitted to the department by email, DGF-comments.swap@state.nm.us or by regular mail: Matt Wunder Ecological and Environmental PIanning Division New Mexico Department Read more...