Wildlife

Returning the wolf to Texas

Wolf sign

By Rick LoBello, El Paso Group, January 14, 2015

Less than 100 yards from my office at the El Paso Zoo, every day I am reminded of one of the most important missing links in the Chihuahuan Desert eco-region, a wild predator that we all know as a symbol of wilderness and as an important apex predator, the gray wolf, or Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi).


New Fish and Wildlife Rule would harm wolves

Wolf3

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife chair, January 14, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding rule changes to Mexican wolf reintroduction is the last step in a tortuously long process that began with scoping hearings in 2007 and progressed to even more hearings this year and last about the draft proposals.

Rio Grande Chapter activists and our allies have participated at every step along the way — sending in thousands of comments and attending hearings in person by the hundreds.


Research shows killing wolves hurts livestock

Wolf1 © 2006 Larry Allen

By Mary Katherine Ray, January 14, 2015

New research finds that killing wolves to prevent livestock depredation in the Northern Rockies is counterproductive.


State Game Commission meddles to thwart wolf

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By Mary Katherine Ray, January 14, 2015

Despite hundreds of email protests and many in the hearing room, the New Mexico Game Commission has inserted itself into endangered-species recovery by giving itself authority to deny permits for holding and release of mammalian carnivores on private land for the purpose of recovery and reintroduction.


Legislation for wildlife

Coyote Trapped

By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair, January 14, 2015

Trapping season has begun again in New Mexico. It is a winter pastime because that is when the fur of animals like bobcats, foxes and coyotes is thickest and worth the most money.


How to help wildlife through the human zone

This bobcat kitten was brought to the Wildlife Center from a backyard.

By Katherine Eagleson, Wildlife Center, Española, 06/30/14

In the United States we have done a pretty good job of saving scenic places. A lot of wildlife lives in those places.

But when a drought lingers year after year and depletes food sources, or a wildfire burns the habitat to dirt, or maybe it’s just time for the youngsters to move out, make a life of their own, spread the gene pool, how do we accommodate wild animals’ need to move?

Badly, that’s how we have done it so far. We have not planned well to give wildlife the corridors they need to move safely between habitats. We have also misled the public by giving the impression that wildlife managers can collect wildlife from backyards and parks and homeowners’ association properties and transport them to some wilderness nirvana.


BLM considers fencing to protect prairie dogs

By Teresa Seamster, 06/3014
A surprise population of Gunnison’s Prairie Dogs living on the Caja del Rio has encouraged a Forest Service biologist and the Northern New Mexico Group to map burrows and ask BLM for protection from off-road vehicles.

When I first heard about the prairie dogs it was in the context of how barren the BLM land was on the Caja and how it looked as if there were no longer prairie dogs out there. Later, I was asked if I could come out and see if there were any Gunnison’s out there.

The result was unexpected.


Trapping Reform in New Mexico

Legtrap © M.K. Ray

Most people are astonished to learn that trapping is still a legal activity in New Mexico. Because fur prices are high now due to demand from fashion houses not only in North America and Europe, but also in Asia, the amount of trapping going on in New Mexico is higher than it has been in years.

Watch this video to see that New Mexicans from many walks of life oppose trapping on public lands.


Trap Free New Mexico

Trap Free Zia Poster

We need your help to show the faces that support a trap-free New Mexico. Be part of our video montage by downloading and printing the trap-free poster (or make your own) and fill in the blank with words that describe YOU! Then take your picture holding the sign and email it back to Mary Katherine Ray at mkrscrim@kitcarson.net.

Let your voices be heard- and your faces- be seen! In the spirit of the season, gather the kids, the dogs the horses and everyone and create your trap-free NM identity today! The printable poster is attached and can be downloaded.

Watch this video to see that New Mexicans from many walks of life oppose trapping on public lands.

See even more New Mexicans from many walks of life opposing trapping on public lands.


Bosquitos in the Wilderness - EXPLORE THE VALLE DEL ORO!

Saturday, December 13th

The Bosque Action Team presents
Bosquitos in the Wilderness - EXPLORE THE VALLE DEL ORO!


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