New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Karl Moffatt, (505) 476-8007
Public contact: (888) 248-6866



TAOS – The location of the New Mexico Game Commission’s June 13 meeting in Taos has been changed to a larger venue to better accommodate the public.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Kachina Lodge, 413 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos.

The meeting previously was scheduled to be at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St., in Taos.

The commission will consider numerous matters during the meeting including a discussion of management plans for hunting, fishing and trapping on the Valles Caldera National Preserve following its recent transfer to the National Park Service.

The full agenda, detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment about them also are available on the website,

Other agenda items include:

  • A proposal to develop procedures for the public and licensed trappers to report the unintended capture of people, pets or livestock in traps or snares
  • A presentation regarding proposed changes to the Bear and Cougar Rule based on public comment, harvest data, population status and other management needs.
  • A summary of progress and deadlines for completion of the State Wildlife Action Plan, formally referred to as the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy.

The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Current members are Chairman Paul Kienzle, Vice-chairman Bill Montoya, Thomas “Dickie” Salopek, Robert Espinoza Sr., Ralph Ramos, Bob Ricklefs and Elizabeth Ryan.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Angelica Ruiz, (505) 476-8029. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms. Game Commission meetings are broadcast live at