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Help Ban Leg-hold Traps and Snares from Public Lands

The Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club is leading an historic effort to ban leg-hold traps and snares from public lands in New Mexico. APNM strongly supports the effort to ban these cruel trapping methods, which lead to injuries and deaths for wildlife and domestic animals, and can even harm humans.

The Sierra Club notes that on public lands, each trapper 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.

The Department of Game and Fish is accepting comments on its trapping regulations, and the Department and Game Commissioners need to hear from members of the public who are concerned about animals. Here’s what you can do:
Use the talking points below to tell the Game Commission and the Department of Game and Fish that leg-traps and snares should be banned on public land. Submit your written comments between now and September 1, 2004, to the Commissioners and the Director of the Game and Fish Department.

You can submit your comments to the addresses listed below, or electronically at

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:
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