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Ask the Governor and NM Game Commission to Ban Leg-hold Traps and Snares from Public Lands

Email the Commission your support of cruel and inhumane leg-hold trapping from our public lands.


Despite receiving over 300 letters from the public supporting a ban on leg-hold traps and snares on public land, on Monday, July 19th, the New Mexico Game Commission announced its plans to maintain current state regulations allowing these cruel trapping practices to continue. The Commissioners are still accepting comments through September 1, 2004, and they need to hear from you! Importantly, the public also needs to let Governor Bill Richardson know where we stand.

Please write to Governor Bill Richardson, as well as the Commissioners and Director of the Department of the Game and Fish Department, and tell them you support the ban of leg-hold traps and snares from public lands in New Mexico. You may use any of the talking points listed below to support your position.

APNM strongly supports the effort to ban cruel leghold traps and snares, which lead to injuries and deaths for wildlife and domestic animals, and can even harm humans. On public lands, trappers can place out and set an unlimited number of these hidden devices and can club to death an unlimited number of furbearing victims. No warning signs are posted. Legal traps may be large enough to close on a human foot and certainly often close on our companion dogs’ feet.

Please submit your comments to the addresses listed below. You can also submit comments to the Commission electronically at (Click on "Furbearer Regulations" under "Request for Public Comment.")

Talking points:

1) The use of leg-hold traps and snares is a cruel practice that results in painful injuries and deaths for wildlife and domestic animals alike.

2) Wildlife watchers and other outdoor enthusiasts would rather have a chance to see a live bobcat or fox than to encounter or be harmed by a leg-hold trap or snare on public land.

3) Current regulations allowing trappers to set unlimited numbers of traps and kill unlimited numbers of animals is poor wildlife management policy. Moreover, the toll on unintended wildlife, including endangered species like wolves, is unacceptable. Wolves and other animals caught in these traps must be destroyed, or are released only to die later from trap-sustained injuries.


Where to send your comments:

Governor Bill Richardson:
State Capitol, Room 400, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Director, Department of Game and Fish:

Bruce Thompson Director, Department of Game and Fish, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504

Game Commissioners:

Guy Riordan, Chairman, 9514 Kandace Drive NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87114

Alfredo Montoya, Vice-Chairman, P.O. Box 856, San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico 87566

David Henderson,  P.O. Box 9314, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504

Jennifer Atchley Montoya,4010 Oleta Drive Apt. A, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

Peter Pino, 026 Chamisa Drive, Zia Pueblo, New Mexico 87053-6035

Tom Arvas, 7905 Spain Northeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109

Leo Sims, P.O. Box 2630, Hobbs, New Mexico 88241-2630