The newly appointed New Mexico State Game Commission will be hearing a presentation about the trapping ban in the Gila to protect Mexican Wolves. This was adopted in response to Governor Richardson’s executive order which only had to be in place until April 1. NM Game and Fish contracted with the Fish and Wildlife Service Cooperative Research Unit at NMSU to examine the effect of trapping on lobos. The new Governor and Commission needs to see that our wolves have support.
University of New Mexico (UNM)
Continuing Education Conference Center – Room C (Just North of Indian School Road)
1634 University Blvd., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
When: May 5, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The complete agenda can be found here. The Gila trapping ban is item # 18 so it won’t be the first part of the meeting. If you’d like to comment, there is a 3 minute limit and you must sign up by filling out a speaker’s card when you get there. Agenda Item 19 is for comment on any subject and you may use that time to oppose trapping in general because it is so indiscriminate.
PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD. It is important that there is a strong public presence at this meeting of those opposed to trapping on public lands that can harm wolves and other wildlife. Call, email, Facebook, etc., with everyone you know — especially friends and family in the Albuquerque area that can attend the meeting.
If you absolutely can’t attend, you can find contact information for the New Mexico Game Commissioners here.
More about Trapping Reform in New Mexico
New Mexico Game and Fish Mexican Wolf Recovery Area Trapping Ban Information
Big Game and Trapper Rules and Regulations
— Pages 56-57 pertain to “Furbearers” classification which includes Mexican Gray Wolves.
Actual text of Executive Order 2010-029 – Temporary Ban of Trapping in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area
MexicanWolves.org Original Post on the trap ban— October 28, 2010
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Photo credit: Trap photo courtesy of Mary Katherine Ray.