Enforcement News

Enforcement News 2017-12-07T09:23:35+00:00

Enforcement News

Here is the latest in conservation enforcement news & press releases from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. For Operation Game Thief there is a list of solved cases and cold cases. And see the Featured Officer page for Officer of the Month and Career Advancement news.

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Multiple deer and elk killed and left to waste in Otero County

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Cody Johnston, (575) 291-2138 gary.johnston@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JAN. 4, 2018: Multiple deer and elk killed and left to waste in Otero County OTERO COUNTY – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking information about two deer and several elk that were illegally killed and left to rot recently in Otero County. Anyone with information about these poachings is encouraged to call Operation Game Thief, (800) 432-4263. Dec. 26, the department received an Operation Game Thief tip regarding a possible wildlife law violation near Calico Peak. A conservation officer responded and discovered a mule deer buck that had been shot and killed. The head was removed and all meat was left to waste. There was not an open deer hunting season at the time. This unlawful killing and waste of game is a fourth-degree Read more...

Information sought in unlawfully killed elk

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Clint Henson clint.henson@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DEC. 8, 2017: Information sought in unlawfully killed elk LAS VEGAS – Game and Fish conservation officers are seeking information regarding two elk calves that were illegally killed near Guadalupita. On Dec. 5, a conservation officer responded to County Road A-020 to a report of an injured elk. When the officer arrived, he found two elk calves that had been shot and left to waste. Evidence was collected and the investigation is ongoing. If you have information on this crime or any other wildlife crime, please call Operation Game Thief at (800) 432-4263. Reports also can be submitted online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Callers can remain anonymous and receive a $500 reward for each elk if charges are filed against a suspect. Remember, poachers steal your wildlife. ###

Department seeking next generation of conservation officers

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact: Brady Griffith (505) 795-1700 bradyd.griffith@state.nm.us Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 31, 2017: Department seeking next generation of conservation officers SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is seeking qualified men and women to join the next generation of conservation officers who protect and conserve the state’s wildlife and natural resources. The department is accepting applications for game warden trainees with a starting pay of $17.03 an hour. Applications for this position will be accepted until Oct. 20. Please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us to learn more about the position and how to apply. Prior law enforcement experience is not required, but successful applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as fisheries or wildlife biology, forestry or criminal justice. Please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us for a complete list of qualifying degrees. Candidates Read more...

Expect roadblocks statewide during hunting seasons

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, AUG. 25, 2017: Expect roadblocks statewide during hunting seasons SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during fall hunting seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations. Hunting seasons are underway or soon will begin in some parts of New Mexico. For more information, please consult the department's Hunting Rules & Information booklet, available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us or at area offices and license vendors. At roadblocks, conservation officers also will check for compliance with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act. Drivers of vehicles hauling wood products will be asked to produce documentation as required by the Forest Conservation Act. Department officers may be assisted by other law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Read more...

Roswell man arrested for harassing pronghorns

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, AUGUST 17, 2017: Roswell man arrested for harassing pronghorns SANTA FE – Tips from the public resulted in the arrest of a 28-year-old Roswell man for allegedly harassing wildlife after he was reportedly seen chasing a herd of pronghorns with his four-wheel off-highway vehicle. Enrico Amaya, 28, of the 600 block of Pine St., Roswell, was arrested Aug. 11 by Cpl. Tyson Sanders, a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officer stationed in Roswell. Sanders had received tips from the public reporting someone riding an off-highway vehicle and chasing a herd of pronghorns in a pasture near town on several recent occasions. Sanders identified, questioned and arrested Amaya. A video camera and digital media card also was confiscated from Amaya. Sanders wrote in his affidavit Read more...