NM Game & Fish Proposing Changes To Trapping Rule

Animal Protection of New Mexico News:

Conservation and animal protection groups see changes as inadequate for protecting people, companion animals, wildlife and public lands

WHAT: The State Game Commission meeting at which the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will begin the process to amend New Mexico’s trapping regulations.

WHERE: New Mexico State Capitol Room 317, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 22 beginning at 9 a.m. (agenda here)

WHY: Trapping is one of the highest profile wildlife issues in New Mexico. Legislation to curtail trapping on public lands across the state has been introduced several times, most recently in the 2019 legislative session (House Bill 366, also known as “Roxy’s Law” after the dog who was strangled to death by a wire snare near Santa Cruz Lake in 2018). The State Game Commission also has the authority to promulgate rules to curtail trapping.
Polling shows that 69 percent of New Mexico voters oppose the use of traps and snares on public land. New Mexicans oppose traps based on concerns for animal cruelty, public safety, exploitation of wildlife for private profit, and indiscriminate harm. 

However, the Department of Game & Fish proposal does not take steps to address these concerns, nor do they close substantial portions of public land. The Department has fought legislation to restrict public land trapping.