About Us


The mission of TrapFree New Mexico is to enact a legislative ban on traps, snares, and poisons on public lands to protect public safety and native wildlife.

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Trap Free New Mexico is a coalition of conservation and animal welfare groups who oppose the cruel, damaging, and dangerous practice of trapping in New Mexico. Under-regulated and outdated, traps put citizens, pets, and non-target species at risk, including the endangered Mexican gray wolf. We seek to ban traps on public lands in New Mexico for the sake of public safety and New Mexico’s native wildlife.

New Mexicans value the public’s wildlife that roams the state’s deserts, grasslands, and forests. In fact, most New Mexican voters, 63%, believe that traps should be restricted or abolished. Public lands and wildlife belong to us all, yet these vicious devices diminish and threaten these values. Join the movement to ban traps on public lands in New Mexico!

We have asked the New Mexico Game Commission:

  • To ban public lands trapping in New Mexico because of the ongoing abuses to people, pets and wildlife – including rare and endangered species.
  • To establish a regular, public rule making process for all species as part of its statutory and public trust duty.
  • To better regulate traps because they indiscriminately capture and kill non-target species and impose an unacceptable risk to people.
  • To give coyotes and skunks protected status, or make them subject to animal cruelty laws.

Every request has been repeatedly ignored by the New Mexico Game Commission.

In July 2011, the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously to expend trapping in New Mexico, including in endangered Mexican wolf habitat.

New Mexico citizens and conservation groups submitted more than 12,000 signatures to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish requesting the removal of traps from public lands. This request was flatly ignored by the Department of Game and Fish.

Petitions to New Mexico Game Commission and Department

TrapFree New Mexico Coalition Members

Animal Protection Voters

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Animal Protection Voters

Animal Protection Voters actively promotes and supports animal-friendly legislation at the local, state and federal levels, building an effective political voice for animal advocacy in New Mexico.

Born Free USA

Born Free USA‘s mission is to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife – including highly endangered species – in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally.

Center for Biological Diversity

Biological diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, the Center works to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. The Center uses science, law and creative media, to protect the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

Conservation Voters of New Mexico

Our vision is for New Mexicans to thrive in just, resilient communities where our conservation and cultural values guide our decision-makers and public policies, connecting the people of New Mexico to their political power to protect our air, land and water for a healthy Land of Enchantment.

Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is the premier U.S.-based national conservation organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of imperiled species and their habitats in North America. 

Endangered Species Coalition

The Endangered Species Coalition’s mission is to stop the human-caused extinction of our nation’s at-risk species, to protect and restore their habitats, and to guide these fragile populations along the road to recovery.

Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is a membership organization for veterinary professionals with a focus on animal welfare. We offer education, advocacy and direct service opportunities to aid animals in need. Our membership is open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians and students in either discipline.

Mountain Lion Foundation

The Mountain Lion Foundation is committed to the proposition that much can be done to preserve the lion as a viable species (via habitat conservation, research, livestock protection, management, and education) and that the success of this effort can assure the survival of other species.

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) grassroots organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and continued enjoyment of New Mexico’s wildlands and wilderness areas. Founded in 1997, we achieve our mission through administrative protection, federal wilderness designation, and ongoing stewardship.

Project Coyote

Project Coyote is a North American coalition of wildlife scientists, educators, predator-friendly ranchers and community leaders promoting compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife.

Sandia Mountain BearWatch

Sandia Mountain BearWatch is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure a stable statewide bear population in New Mexico.

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter

The Sierra Club‘s mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Southwest Environmental Center

The Southwest Environmental Center works to protect and restore wildlife and their habitats in the southwestern borderlands, through advocacy, education and on-the-ground restoration projects.

WildEarth Guardians

WildEarth Guardians protects and restores wildlife, wild rivers, and wild places in the American West. We have four programs focusing on wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and climate and energy.

Wildlife Conservation Advocacy Southwest

Wildlife Conservation Advocacy Southwest is a grassroots organization working with groups, communities, and individuals to promote, restore, and protect New Mexico’s wildlife, wildlife corridors, and habitats through advocacy, research, education, and service.

People's Forum Panel Report on Public Lands Trapping

The New Mexico Legislature should ban trapping on public lands in New Mexico because traps harm people, animal companions, and whole populations of wildlife including rare species. Most New Mexican voters believe that trapping is cruel and unnecessary.

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