Guest Column: Urge the governor to sign ‘Roxy’s Law’

Guest Column: Urge the governor to sign ‘Roxy’s Law’

BY CHARLES FOX The governor of Montana recently made news by sadistically – and illegally – trapping and killing a wolf as that state gears up to slaughter more of its native wildlife. Despite protests from numerous professional wildlife managers, the Montana...
Guest Column: Ending traps on public land starts NM’s outdoor future

Guest Column: Ending traps on public land starts NM’s outdoor future

BY SEN. ROBERTO GONZALES, / TAOS DEMOCRAT SEN. BRENDA MCKENNA, / CORRALES DEMOCRAT REP. MATTHEW MCQUEEN / GALISTEO DEMOCRAT AND REP. CHRISTINE CHANDLER / LOS ALAMOS DEMOCRAT New Mexico’s public lands are a treasure trove of opportunity for our state. They are...

New Mexico ban on traps and wildlife poisons clears Senate

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A New Mexico measure that would prohibit traps, snares and wildlife poisons from being used on public lands across cleared the Democratic-led Senate late Tuesday. The legislation passed despite four Democrats from rural areas breaking with their...

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...
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...
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...

New Mexico public lands at risk as trapping season begins

For Immediate Release October 30, 2020 Contacts: Chris Smith, WildEarth Guardians, 505-395-6177, Jessica Johnson, Animal Protection Voters, 505-220-6656, Private, commercial traps will be hidden across BLM, Forest...
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...

MY VIEW: Trapping will damage tourism

It is hard to believe the state ⏤ always in need of revenue ⏤ is intentionally acting to decrease its most dependable revenue stream: tourism. This is unimaginable; the state is acting to purposely lose residents and tourists by condoning and actively perpetuating...

Game Commission ignores public, pushes inadequate trapping rule

2400 public comments result in zero change to rule proposal ROSWELL, NM—At their November meeting, the New Mexico Game Commission made zero amendments to a set of proposed changes to the trapping rules. Department staff said that approximately 2400 public comments had...

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 &...
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,...

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...