“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...
Video Released Showing the Excruciating Experience of Rescuing a Coyote Caught in a Trap

Video Released Showing the Excruciating Experience of Rescuing a Coyote Caught in a Trap

Santa Fe, NM — An anonymous good samaritan shared with Project Coyote a video showing the first-hand experience of encountering and rescuing a coyote ensnared in a leghold trap. This video comes at the same time the New Mexico legislature is considering Roxy’s Law, a...
Recent incidents highlight trapping as a statewide problem

Recent incidents highlight trapping as a statewide problem

For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 27, 2021 Contacts:Charlotte Medueño, Parker, 505-259-0482, Smith, WildEarth Guardians, 505-395-6177, Johnson, Animal Protection Voters,...
Las Cruces Sun-News: It’s time to ban trapping on New Mexico public lands

Las Cruces Sun-News: It’s time to ban trapping on New Mexico public lands

Marie Curie said, “nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” And yet men driven by fear want to convince you that New Mexico’s wildlife should be feared and that science tells us so. In response to a proposed bill to ban traps on New Mexico public...

UPDATE: Please Support Senate Bill 32 (Roxy’s Law) – Urge your New Mexico state legislators to support Roxy’s Law

UPDATE: Please Support Senate Bill 32 (Roxy’s Law) Dear TrapFree New Mexico Friends, We wanted to be sure you saw this alert from TrapFree NM partner, Animal Protection Voters. Click on the link below to send a message right now to your legislators, some of whom...
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...
New report details the many problems of traps on public lands

New report details the many problems of traps on public lands

For Immediate Release January 11, 2021 Contacts: Chris Smith, WildEarth Guardians, 505-395-6177, The economics of trapping, the number of species killed by trappers, and environmental harms are among topics covered by report SANTA FE,...
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...
Las Cruces Sun-News: ‘Pretty gruesome:’ Skinned coyote carcasses piled in desert likely the work of trappers

Las Cruces Sun-News: ‘Pretty gruesome:’ Skinned coyote carcasses piled in desert likely the work of trappers

LAS CRUCES – On Nov. 20, a man on his morning walk discovered multiple piles of dead and skinned coyotes off a main road near Santa Teresa. Kevin Bixby, executive director of the Southwest Environmental Center in Las Cruces, went to the site to check out the scene on...
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....

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...