New Mexico and Utah: Public Comment Opportunities for Proposed Rule Changes to Predator Hunting

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States Coordinator

Throughout August, both the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) are considering rule revisions for predator hunting for the upcoming seasons.

New Mexico:

NMDGF is seeking public comments on proposed rule revisions to bear and cougar hunting by hosting four public meetings throughout the state.

Proposed changes to bear season:

  • Currently not proposing any changes to bear harvest limits
  • Possible discussion of adjusting Bear Management Zone boundaries
  • Ongoing research to estimate zone specific population size

Proposed changes to the cougar season include:

  • No longer allowing traps as a method for sport harvest
  • Reducing maximum allowable harvest
  • Ongoing research to estimate zone specific population size

The Commission will hear several more updates on the rule development over the coming months before voting on the rule changes in November. Public hearings will take place in the following locations:

  • Raton: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. August 7 (NMDGF office), 215 York Canyon Road
  • Albuquerque: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. August 13 (NMDGF office), 7816 Alamo Road
  • Las Cruces: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. August 15 (NMDGF office) 2715 Northrise Drive
  • Roswell: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. August 16 at the NMDGF office, 1615 West College 

If individuals are unable to attend the public meetings, interested parties may submit written comments to the following:

Utah:

The  DWR is hosting several public meetings throughout the state, asking for public feedback on the proposed rule revisions to cougar and bobcat hunting for the 2019-2020 season. 

Recommendations to the cougar season by DWR include:

  • Offering an additional 34 permits, totally 678 cougar permits
  • Allowing handgun-archery-muzzleloader-shotgun-only hunts. Weapons used in these hunts have to meet current specifications in the rules, including additional pistol specifications
  • Requiring hunters to provide the location of where they killed their cougar, when it was checked in to the DWR

Recommendations to the bobcat season include:

  • Reducing season length by one week, running from Nov. 20 to March 1, 2020
  • Lowering the number of permits that a person can buy to five
  • Capping the total number of permits sold at 80% of last year’s total, allowing a maximum of 6,460 permits for the 2019-2020 season.
  • Allowing handgun-archery-muzzleloader-shotgun-only hunts. Weapons used in these hunts have to meet current specifications in the rules, including additional pistol specifications.

Individuals are encouraged to attend and provide feedback on the prosed rule changes at one of the following public meetings:

  • Southern Region: Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Sevier School District Office training lab at 180 E. 600 North, Richfield
  • Southeastern Region: Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the John Wesley Powell Museum at 1765 E. Main St., Green River
  • Northeastern Region: Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the DWR office at 318 N. Vernal Ave., Vernal
  • Wildlife Board meeting: Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. at the Division of Natural Resources building at 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City

If individuals are unable to attend the public meetings, interested parties may submit written comment via email to their specific Regional Advisory Council member.

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