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Officer of the Month 

Last Updated: 3/30/07

April 2007

Officer Aaltonen working on a bighorn sheep
Officer Aaltonen assisting in a bighorn sheep capture and transplant operation
Officer Aaltonen participating in a bighorn sheep capture
Officer Aaltonen administering antibiotics to a bighorn sheep during capture


Ray Aaltonen

Duty Station:

Las Cruces

Special Area of Responsibility/Game Mgmt Units:  

Las Cruces Supervisory District which includes 16-C, 17, 19, 20, 21 and 25


Bachelors Degree in Wildlife Management from NMSU

Length of Service:

16 years

Specialty or Interest:

I enjoy working any wildlife trapping and transplant operations

Current Projects/Assignments:

Finishing up with Oryx hunt patrols on the southern end of WSMR

Best Thing About the Job:

The variability in the daily responsibilities of the job.

Most Common Question People Have:

At this time of the year it is "what unit has the best odds for drawing a permit?"


Our web page lists each unit by species and by the number of applicants per unit.

Contact Information:

Las Cruces Office (505) 532-2100 or