Sierra County Sun: New Mexico: Land of Entrapment

Sierra County Sun: New Mexico: Land of Entrapment

by Mary Katherine Ray | December 4, 2020 Many people are surprised to learn that fur trapping—the exploitative relic of the 1800s—still goes on today in our crowded, fragile world. Worse, the steel-jawed devices and wire neck-snares that trappers still use can be...
Albuquerque Journal: Dogs caught in traps rekindle debate in NM

Albuquerque Journal: Dogs caught in traps rekindle debate in NM

SANTA FE – Terry Miller of White Rock was walking her two dogs through the Jemez National Recreation Area on Thanksgiving Day when she heard a sharp scream. She turned around to find her dog, Jessie, a 2-year-old Dutch shepherd, with one of her paws caught in a metal...
Outdoor recreationists encounter horrors during the first three weeks of the ‘20-‘21 trapping season

Outdoor recreationists encounter horrors during the first three weeks of the ‘20-‘21 trapping season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25, 2020 New Mexicans are warned of gruesome sights and danger while on public lands over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend—on the two-year anniversary of the death of “Roxy,” the dog who became the namesake for anti-trapping legislation...
Farmington Daily Times: Trapping season is underway and dog walkers should take precautions to protect pets

Farmington Daily Times: Trapping season is underway and dog walkers should take precautions to protect pets

AZTEC — It isn’t unusual for James Stackhouse’s husky, Ivy, to disappear for a couple minutes while they are out hiking. She’s never out of sight for long and, at first, he didn’t think much about her absence as they were hiking near Lake Farmington on Nov. 14....
When tourists or their dogs step into traps, you can kiss new outdoor recreation industry goodbye

When tourists or their dogs step into traps, you can kiss new outdoor recreation industry goodbye

By Sherry Robinson New Mexico wants the traveling public to think of the state as a destination for outdoor recreation. For those of us who hike, bike, fish, hunt, and golf, that seems pretty obvious. The tourism industry and economic developers are on board. However,...

New Mexico commission approves wildlife trapping changes

ALBUQUERQUE — Trappers now have to complete an education course and new restrictions will be imposed on setting wildlife traps and snares around designated trailheads and on select tracts of public lands in New Mexico under a measure adopted Friday by the State Game...
Cruel or essential? Map details trapping incidents across New Mexico

Cruel or essential? Map details trapping incidents across New Mexico

Map shows trapping incidents occurred in 22 counties in New Mexico Nogal resident Kathleen McDonald had climbed about 100 yards into the Lincoln National Forest when Jasper, her Golden retriever Jasper suddenly began yelping and crying. “I went running down and...

TrapFree New Mexico releases map cataloguing trapping incidents in New Mexico

For Immediate Release November 4, 2019 Contacts: Chris Smith, WildEarth Guardians, 505-395-6177, Mary Katherine Ray, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, 575-772-5655, Laura Bonar, Animal Protection of New Mexico &...
Coalition puts out online map of illegal trapping in N.M.

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,...

Editorial: Roxy’s case reveals trapping free-for-all; NM needs to ban it

In what world does a man charged with 34 counts of illegal trapping – brought to light by the gruesome strangling of a family pet in a snare as her owner tried in vain to free her – get off scot-free because the state bungled the case? New Mexico, that’s where....
Evidence mishandling leads to dismissal in trapping case

Evidence mishandling leads to dismissal in trapping case

The First Judicial District Attorney’s Office has dropped more than 30 counts of illegal trapping against a Chimayó man after a Magistrate Court judge found the state Game and Fish Department had failed to serve the man with a search warrant and then failed to save...

KRQE: Animal advocates call for change after dismissal of illegal trapping case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A Chimayo man was facing dozens of charges for illegally trapping animals after a family’s dog died in one of his traps. After a judge dismissed the case, animal advocates fear this will send the message that illegal trapping won’t be...

Long overdue

Traps and snares are a threat to public land users, their dogs and wildlife, including endangered Mexican wolves, who are caught, maimed and killed by these indiscriminate devices. Steel jaw traps have been banned in over 100 countries and our neighboring states of...

TrapFree NM response to March 2, 2019 NBC News.com article

Dear Mr. McCausland, Thank you so much for shining some light on trapping in the US and in particular in New Mexico in your recent article. I noticed that you embedded in it a video of how to remove a dog from a trap produced by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game....
Evidence mishandling leads to dismissal in trapping case

Officers charge Chimayó man in case that prompted ‘Roxy’s Law’ bill

State Game and Fish Department officers have charged a Chimayó man with more than 30 criminal counts in connection with illegal trapping — a case spurred by an investigation into how an Española man’s dog had been killed by an illegal snare trap at Santa Cruz Lake....