New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 2, 2016:
State list of threatened and endangered species available for public comment
SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the Biennial Review of the status of all state-listed, threatened and endangered wildlife species.
The Biennial Review process determines whether a state-listed wildlife species should maintain its current status or be moved from threatened to endangered or endangered to threatened. Adding or removing species from the state list is a separate process.
Listing decisions are based on biological and ecological factors. Social, economic and political considerations noted during the review can be considered in the implementation of conservation and recovery actions after the species is listed. The Wildlife Conservation Act contains no provisions for critical habitat, habitat regulation or other restrictions regarding state-listed wildlife except to prevent direct taking of endangered species.
The department will accept public comment on the Biennial Review for 14 days starting Sept. 5, 2016. The review is available on the department’s website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
For a printed version of the review or for more information, please contact John Bulger, terrestrial recovery coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 476-8106.