Senate Bill 32 AKA “ROXY’S LAW” Passes the NM House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 19, 2021 Contacts: Jessica Johnson, Animal Protection Voters, 505-220-6656, Chris Smith, WildEarth Guardians, 505-395-6177, MILESTONE MOMENT FOR NEW MEXICO’S ANIMALS SANTA FE, N.M.—Last night,...

Majority of NM Senate agrees with majority of New Mexicans, says no more traps, snares, and poisons on public lands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2021 Contacts: Chris Smith, WildEarth Guardians, 505-395-6177, Jessica Johnson, Animal Protection Voters, 505-220-6656, Senate Bill 32, AKA “Roxy’s Law,” advances to the...

“Roxy’s Law” bill to outlaw traps, snares, and wildlife poisons on public land passes Senate Judiciary Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2021 Contacts: Chris Smith, WildEarth Guardians, 505-395-6177, Jessica Johnson, Animal Protection Voters, 505-220-6656, SANTA FE, N.M.—Today Senate Bill 32, the Wildlife Conservation and...

Making New Mexico safer with Roxy’s Law

On a November evening in 2020, tourists hiking in Santa Fe County came across a dog caught in a leg hold trap just off the hiking trail — one of five dogs that month alone injured by hidden traps. This dog was in severe pain, dehydrated and slowly dying. But these two...
It’s time to end trapping in New Mexico

It’s time to end trapping in New Mexico

My entire life, identity and work has centered around New Mexico’s incredible array of public lands and the diverse wildlife inhabiting those lands. We New Mexicans are truly blessed. It’s no surprise that so many of us, including myself, flock to the soul-nourishing...
Albuquerque Journal Editorial: Nothing about traps is New Mexico True

Albuquerque Journal Editorial: Nothing about traps is New Mexico True

BY ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD Monday, December 7th, 2020 at 12:02am New Mexicans have worked hard over the years to do right by the animals in our state. We have banned cockfighting, horse tripping and coyote-killing contests. We have made dog fighting a...

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...

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...

Speak out to oppose trapping on public lands

New Mexico has a problem with traps on public lands. The ongoing destruction inflicted by hidden, baited, steel jaw traps is well documented. Users of public lands, companion animals and wildlife, including endangered species, continue to suffer the harm inflicted by...
Inconsistency at Game and Fish: After state rejoins wolf recovery program, two pups caught in leghold traps

Inconsistency at Game and Fish: After state rejoins wolf recovery program, two pups caught in leghold traps

In early November, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish formally rejoined the federal Mexican Wolf Recovery Program as a lead agency. The department signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to establish a framework for...

Wild wolf pup found dragging leghold trap in Gila

Another wolf pup is undergoing treatment as private trapping continues to take a toll on endangered species and public lands RESERVE, NM – An endangered wild wolf pup in the Gila National Forest has more than the usual number of threats to his survival right now. A...

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,...

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....
Leg-Hold Traps Are Killing Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves

Leg-Hold Traps Are Killing Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves

Defenders of Wildlife has learned that four more Mexican gray wolves were trapped in New Mexico on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service over the last two months. Two of these wolves are from the Prieto Pack an all four trapping incidents occurred in New Mexico. At...

Indiscriminate traps kill, injure endangered Mexican wolves, impeding recovery

Five lobos have been trapped since Nov. 2018 For immediate release February 13, 2019 Contacts: Christopher Smith, WildEarth Guardians, 505-395-6177,  Kelly Nokes, Western Environmental Law Center, 575-613-8051,  Jessica...