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Department seeking next generation of conservation officers

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 17, 2018: Department seeking next generation of conservation officers SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking qualified men and women to join the next generation of conservation officers, who protect and conserve New Mexico’s wildlife. The department is currently accepting applications for conservation officer trainees with a starting pay of $17.03 an hour. Applications for this position will be accepted until Oct. 8, 2018. Physical assessments and interviews will take place Nov. 3-4, 2018 in Santa Fe. Candidates who advance past the interviews may be required to stay in Santa Fe until Nov. 8 for further testing. Prior law enforcement experience is not required. Successful applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in a field related to wildlife management, biology or criminal justice; Read more...

Fox in Fort Sumner tests positive for rabies

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us New Mexico Department of Health Media Contact, Paul Rhien: (505) 470-2290 paul.rhien@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 10, 2018: Fox in Fort Sumner tests positive for rabies DE BACA COUNTY – On Tuesday, July 17, a landowner near Fort Sumner, who killed a fox exhibiting behaviors common with rabies, contacted Conservation Officer Jacob Laobato. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish submitted the fox for testing at the State Laboratory Division. Results came back positive for rabies. “The public should be vigilant and stay away from any animals behaving strangely,” said Dr. Kerry Mower, wildlife disease specialist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “People should ensure their pets’ vaccinations are current.” According to the New Mexico Department of Health, in addition to the fox, one skunk has tested Read more...

Game Commission to meet Aug. 23 in Gallup

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG.13, 2018: Game Commission to meet Aug. 23 in Gallup SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Game Commission will meet Thursday, Aug. 23, in Gallup to review final rule changes on Barbary sheep, oryx and Persian ibex. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the El Morro Events Center located at 210 South Second Street, in Gallup. Other agenda items include: Construction updates on the Albuquerque and Roswell office complexes. Subsequent discussions on potential rule changes for deer, elk, E-Plus, hunting and fishing license application rule and hunting and fishing manner and method. The full agenda and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment are also available on Read more...

Game and Fish investigates fish die off at Quemado Lake

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 10, 2018: Game and Fish investigates fish die off at Quemado Lake QUEMADO – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating a fish die off at Quemado Lake, following reports earlier this week that fish in the lake were dying. The die off affected multiple species including tiger muskies, goldfish, grass carp, crayfish and fathead minnows and is being attributed to low oxygen levels. “Due to recent weather patterns across the state, including drought and high temperatures, die offs have also been noted in the Pecos River, Coyote Creek, Rancho Grande Ponds and areas around Elephant Butte” said Eric Frey, sportfish program manager. Fish that are caught using legal fishing equipment are safe to consume, however, it is not recommended to collect and Read more...

Special hunter education camp offered at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Jennifer Morgan: (505) 222-4722 jennifer.morgan@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 10, 2018: Special hunter education camp offered at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron CIMARRON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youth can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification for free. To hunt legally in New Mexico, youths under 18 years of age must first successfully complete a hunter education course or be registered in the department’s Mentored-Youth Hunting Program. The camp is open to youth ages 10 to 17 who are accompanied by a responsible adult, also registerd for the camp. It will be conducted the weekend of Sept. 7-8, at the renowed Philmont Boy Scout Ranch near Cimarron. Meals and lodging in canvas tents are free. Registration for this camp opportunity Read more...

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