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.

Department-wide news can be found under Home → NMDGF News.

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...

Department shines at Santa Ana Pueblo public safety event

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 11, 2017: Department shines at Santa Ana Pueblo public safety event SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish won first place in the People’s Choice category Aug. 5 at the first Public Safety Day at Santa Ana Pueblo. Over 20 law enforcement agencies participated in the event, showcasing their specialties. The department was praised for its interesting, informative and attractive representation of the agency. “It was a great day to share with the people of New Mexico what the Department of Game and Fish law enforcement and the variety of resources we offer to the public,” said Capt. Tim Cimbal. “It was an honor for our agency to be chosen by the people for the People’s Choice award.” The Department of Game and Fish Read more...

Officers seize 17 illegal game animal heads during multiple search warrants in Farmington

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Ross Morgan: (505) 222-4707 ross.morgan@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 21, 2017: Officers seize 17 illegal game animal heads during multiple search warrants in Farmington FARMINGTON – New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officers, with assistance from the New Mexico State Police and San Juan County Sheriff’s office, seized 17 illegal game animal heads during multiple search warrants throughout the Farmington area on Tuesday. The investigation into a Farmington man, who is facing multiple charges, originated in early 2017 from an investigation by Department of Game and Fish Officer Shana Burkhardt after trail camera pictures placed on private land revealed what appeared to be illegal activity. It is illegal in the state of New Mexico to kill any game animal out of season and without a proper and valid hunting license. It is also illegal Read more...

Game warden arrests motorist on drunken driving charge

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 2, 2017: Game warden arrests motorist on drunken driving charge MORA – A New Mexico Department of Game and Fish game warden arrested a Rainsville man on drunken driving and other charges after a 10-mile pursuit on N.M. 518 near Sapello. Obed Salas, 58, was arrested May 16 by Conservation Officer Michael diGrazia and charged with aggravated driving while under the influence, aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer, two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, driving on a revoked license and possession of an open container of alcohol, according to police reports and court records. Salas was allegedly driving his black, 2002 Chevy pickup erratically on the highway and refused to pull over when diGrazia began following him with his emergency lights and Read more...

Information sought on poached elk near Logan

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Media contact: Clint Henson, (575) 445-2311 Public contact: (888)-248-6866 Email: clint.henson@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 1, 2017: Information sought on poached elk near Logan TUCUMCARI – New Mexico Department of Game and Fish game wardens are seeking information about a poached elk whose skeletal remains were found May 25 off Trigg Road about eight miles west of the intersection of N.M. 39 approximately four miles north of Logan. Conservation Officer Justin Heppler suspects the bull elk was killed within days of its discovery and was butchered for its meat. The head and antlers also were missing and only the skeletal remains and some scraps were left behind. Anyone with information about this case or any other wildlife crimes is urged to call the department’s toll-free Operation Game Thief hotline, (800) 432-4263. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for rewards if charges Read more...