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Officer of the Month 

Last Updated: 08/06/07

August 2007

Officer Campanella on angler patrol at Elephant Butte Reservoir
Officer Campanella on angler patrol at Elephant Butte State Park



James Campanella

Duty Station:

Truth or Consequences

Special Area of Responsibility/Game Mgmt Units:

16C, 17(south end), 19, 20, 21, Elephant Butte Lake , Rio Grande below Elephant Butte


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Wildlife Science from NMSU

Length of Service:

5 ½ years

Specialty or Interest:

Big game (deer/elk), boating, fishing

Current Projects/Assignments:

Checking for license and bag limit compliance around Elephant Butte Lake and along the Rio Grande, plus a mule deer management plan with the Forest Service for the Black Range area

Best Thing About the Job:

Diversity of the position; working in the outdoors with a variety of wildlife

Most Common Question People Have:

How much are entrance fees to the park?


A pay station is located at every entrance to the park with all the fees listed or you can call the Visitor Center at (505)744-5421.

Contact Information:

Phone (505)744-4823 or email