Game & Fish: Charges Issued In Illegal Trapping Case
SANTA FE ― In one of New Mexico’s most high-profile trapping cases, a Chimayo man is facing multiple charges associated with running illegal trap lines that resulted in the unlawful harvest of multiple wildlife animals and the death of a beloved pet, Roxy.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Marty Cordova, 42, was charged with 34 counts of illegal trapping activities.
- 5 counts of trapping within 25 yards of a road;
- 10 counts of failure to properly mark traps;
- 5 counts of failure to check traps every calendar day;
- 14 counts of unlawful possession of a protected species.
Conservation officers served a search warrant on Cordova’s residence in January resulting in officers seizing snares and foot hold traps that were not properly marked. Officers seized 10 bobcat pelts and skulls, six fox pelts, badger and ringtail pelts, cell phones, a camera and a firearm.
The case was first brought to the department’s attention by Roxy’s owner Dave Clark of Espanola and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officers Michael Carpenter and Justin Dean, NMG&F Conservation Officer Christian Marrujo said..
In addition to the charges issued by the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish (NMG&F), the BLM also issued charges for the illegal activity on BLM land.
“We thank our partners at the Bureau of Land Management for their assistance with this case,” Marrujo said. “The department strives to protect our state’s wildlife and encourages the public to report any illegal activities.”
New Mexico conservation officers enforce the laws and regulations to conserve New Mexico’s wildlife and hold people accountable when they do not follow these rules.
Anyone who sees or suspects a wildlife crime is asked to call the 24-hour Operation Game Thief hotline at 1.800.432.GAME. You can remain anonymous and can earn a monetary reward. Remember: poachers steal your wildlife.