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Department now accepting applications for 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, SEPT. 9, 2019: Department now accepting applications for conservation officers SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking qualified men and women to apply to become 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 $18.34 an hour. Applications for this position will be accepted until Oct. 19, 2019. Physical assessments and interviews will take place Nov. 16, 2019 in Santa Fe. Candidates who advance past the interviews may be required to stay in Santa Fe until Nov. 22, 2019 for further testing. Prior law enforcement experience is not required. Successful applicants must possess a qualifying bachelor’s degree before Oct. 19, 2019. Qualifying degrees are those in a field [...]

CAPTURED!

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, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019: CAPTURED! SANTA FE – The search for the African serval spotted near Hyde Memorial State Park in Santa Fe has ended with its safe capture. Conservation Officer Manuel Overby caught the approximately 30-pound male Sub-Saharan African animal early Thursday morning in a cage trap and transported it to the Albuquerque BioPark for evaluation and safe keeping while a permanent home is determined. Officers will also attempt to identify the origin of its escape. “Our residents did the right thing by immediately reporting the sighting to the Department,” said Overby. “Exotic pets like these are not only illegal, they do not make good pets. They have the potential to put the public in harms way and cause damage to the state’s wildlife resources.” Park staff, [...]

Hunter attacked by bear near Cliff

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, AUGUST 30, 2019: Hunter attacked by bear near Cliff Cliff – New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officers have completed the investigation of a black bear attack that occurred near Cliff in southwestern New Mexico on Thursday, Aug. 29. The 63 year old licensed guide, was injured when approaching a bear that had been shot by a member of the hunting party. The individual returned to his truck unassisted and drove himself to Gila Regional Medical Center where he was treated for multiple bite wounds to both arms and legs, administered antibiotics and released. "We are thankful the individual was not hurt worse," said Department Director Mike Sloane. "We caution all hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to always be careful around bears, especially if you [...]

Deadline to apply for sandhill crane and pheasant hunts is fast approaching

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, AUGUST 19, 2019: Deadline to apply for sandhill crane and pheasant hunts is fast approaching SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is still accepting applications for special sandhill crane and pheasant permits. The application deadline is at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21. Applications can be made using the Department's Online Licensing System or over the telephone with the Department’s information center, 1-888-248-6866. Information about pheasant and sandhill crane draw hunts is available in the Department’s 2019-20 Small Game Hunting Rules and Information Booklet. Successful applicants must have a game hunting license and applicable stamp(s) in addition to their draw permit. Successful sandhill crane applicants also must have a Harvest Information Program (HIP) number. ###

Game Commission to meet August 22 in Santa Fe

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, AUGUST 9, 2019: Game Commission to meet August 22 in Santa Fe SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Game Commission will meet Thursday, August 22, in Santa Fe to present the Department’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget and to continue discussions on the Bear and Cougar Rule. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Mexico State Capitol, Room 317, located at 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, in Santa Fe. Other agenda items include: Initial Discussion of the Fair Chase Rule Initial Discussion of the Trapping Rule Presentation of the E-Tagging Mobile Application The full agenda and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website. The New Mexico State Game Commission meeting will be available to view [...]

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