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Officer of the Month 

Last Updated: 09/06/07

September 2007

Officer Draney capturing and relocating bear cub
Officer Draney capturing and relocating bear cub



Scott Draney

Duty Station:

Northeastern Area Habitat Specialist operating out of Taos

Special Area of Responsibility/Game Mgmt Units:

All lands, public and private in Northeastern New Mexico .


B.S. in Agriculture, major in Wildlife Science, NMSU, 1987.

Length of Service:

19 years; time goes fast when your having fun.

Specialty or Interest:

Public lands management and fire ecology

Current Projects/Assignments:

Range monitoring on public lands and noxious weed control on state wildlife areas.

Best Thing About the Job:

Continuing with the Conservation Officer Concept ("jack of all trades") and in turn learning more about the natural environment in New Mexico .

Most Common Question People Have:

What happened to mule deer in Northern New Mexico?


The decline of mule deer cannot be blamed on any one condition but is most likely a combination of effects. Most biologists now consider the right amount of food, water, cover, shelter and space ais the most important component for mule deer to survive and maintain a healthy population.

Contact Information:  

Phone 505-751-4738 or email