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’
Please submit your comments to the addresses listed below. You can
also submit comments to the Commission electronically at http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
(Click on "Furbearer Regulations" under "Request
for Public Comment.")
1) The use of leg-hold traps and snares is a cruel practice that
results in painful injuries and deaths for wildlife and domestic
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
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