August 5, 2019

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:

Proposed changes to the cougar season include:

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:

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


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:

Recommendations to the bobcat season include:

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

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

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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