Injuries to New Mexico Wildlife Caught in Leghold Traps

Injuries to New Mexico Wildlife Caught in Leghold Traps

Robert Harrison, Ph.D, University of New Mexico[1] December, 2020 Summary:  Wildlife enthusiasts are well aware of the potential of leghold traps to severely injure wild animals.  Less appreciated is how many wild animals suffer such injuries in the course of an...
Las Cruces Sun-News: It is time for New Mexico trapping laws to catch up

Las Cruces Sun-News: It is time for New Mexico trapping laws to catch up

On a warm November morning, a man taking a stroll through the amazing trails south of Santa Teresa discovered a pile of some forty dumped animals. What he first thought were dead greyhounds turned out to be coyotes. They had been killed and skinned, and left with only...

New Mexico Game Commission approves trapping, disregarding public opposition

Wolves, pets remain at risk The New Mexico Game Commission approved trapping of bobcats, foxes, and other wildlife throughout the state on January 17. The decision reauthorizes the use of leghold traps, body-crushing traps, and strangulation snares that have killed...
Interactive map tracks illegal trapping

Interactive map tracks illegal trapping

Just in time for trapping season, a coalition calling itself Trap Free New Mexico is launching a new online interactive map that tracks incidences of illegal trapping and locations where dogs, Mexican gray wolves and even people have been caught in traps. Chris Smith,...

Clock is ticking – stand up against trapping

Albuquerque Journal Guest Column by SUZANNE REED Many of us New Mexicans are – or know – people who “fair chase” hunt on our public lands. Our state Department of Game & Fish (DGF) rules give over 80,000 licensed hunters seasonal opportunities to shoot wildlife...
Reps. Chandler, Gonzales, McQueen Co-Sponsoring Bill to Protect Native Wildlife and Companion Animals

Reps. Chandler, Gonzales, McQueen Co-Sponsoring Bill to Protect Native Wildlife and Companion Animals

Drivers in Albuquerque and Las Cruces are confronting a brutal reality about wildlife management in New Mexico thanks to a series of billboards, bus shelter ads, and bus banners recently unveiled by WildEarth Guardians. The billboards feature a bobcat in a steel...
Albuquerque Journal Editorial: Let this latest trapping death of a pet be NM’s last

Albuquerque Journal Editorial: Let this latest trapping death of a pet be NM’s last

It’s barbaric. It’s dangerous. It’s archaic and a practice whose time has come and gone. Yet unlike too many of its victims, trapping is alive and well in New Mexico. There are those who hope to change that – including a dog owner who recently saw his beloved pet...
Albuquerque Journal Editorial: Let this latest trapping death of a pet be NM’s last

Dog’s death spurs bill to ban trapping on public lands

A dog’s gruesome death at Santa Cruz Lake in a trap meant for wild animals has spurred a coalition of advocacy groups to call for New Mexico to ban trapping on public lands. State Reps. Matthew McQueen, D-Galisteo, and Bobby Gonzales, D-Taos, will sponsor a bill to...
Carcass pile dumped by trapper

Carcass pile dumped by trapper

This is a pile of skinned coyote, fox, and bobcat carcasses dumped by the side of the road, paws still intact. This was found by the side of a dirt road in New Mexico. Trapping animals and taking their fur is a waste of a valued public asset. Wildlife belongs to all...
Bobcat Economic Value Study

Bobcat Economic Value Study

Summary of Study from Wyoming Untrapped During the winter of 2016, a bobcat was frequently seen near the Madison River in Yellowstone. This single bobcat brought in tourists, photographers, and wildlife watchers from nationwide which resulted in an economic benefit to...
This bobcat brings in $308,000 a year

This bobcat brings in $308,000 a year

Nice write-up in the Washington Post. Tourism is huge in New Mexico producing 100,000 jobs and generating over $2 billion in total annual income. Trapping, not so much. A bobcat’s economic value depreciates almost 1,000 times the moment you put a bullet in it. This is...