October 7, 2019

New Mexico: Update on Proposed Changes to Cougar Hunting and Public Comment Opportunities for Proposed Rule Changes to Furbearer

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States Coordinator

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) has concluded public meetings on proposed changes to cougar hunting, as described in a previous article. The proposed changes include:

The New Mexico Game Commission is still accepting written comments on the proposed changes until November, before voting. Interested parties may still submit written comments to the following:

In late October, the NMDGF is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to Trapping and Furbearer regulations by hosting 4 public meetings throughout the state. Proposed changes consist of:

Opportunities for interested individuals to attend public meetings to discuss the proposed rule changes are:

If individuals are unable to attend the public meetings, interested parties may submit written comment, either by letter or email at:

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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