Opposed to proposed bear, cougar rule? Let the state know

Why are we always — and I mean always — at the bottom of the nation’s list for child welfare, animal welfare and wildlife welfare?

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Why are we always — and I mean always — at the bottom of the nation’s list for child welfare, animal welfare and wildlife welfare. Mississippi and New Mexico go neck-and-neck for the dishonor of being last of our 50 states or next to last.

What is the difficulty, not shared by other states, in keeping our children and animals safe and protected? Why do we have to fight so hard with our lawmakers to be humane with living beings who cannot speak for themselves? We can change this statistic and here is how to start.

Animal Protection of New Mexico apnm.org desperately needs our help in saving our cougars and bears. More proactive people need to come forward and help prevent the New Mexico Game and Fish Department from passing a law that would endanger these lives and due to trapping, they can suffer unbearably before they finally die. Sign the petition and email all your lists to do the same.

On June 13, animal advocates and concerned people met in Taos with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to voice their outcry on this proposal and the final vote on the rule change will be Aug. 28. Your signature is needed now before the deadline. Let’s do something!

How can we allow a small group of governor appointees on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish make all the decisions for our wildlife. They need to be besieged and overwhelmed with hundreds of angry people.

Animal Protection of New Mexico weighs in:

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) is proposing changes that would inflict more cruelty on our cougars and bears. The NMDGF cannot prove these changes are necessary; instead they are violating their mission by proposing irresponsible wildlife management.

Since increasing the annual cougar harvest limit from 490 to 749 in 2010, hunters have not killed over 300 animals in a year. However, the department is claiming that the state must kill more cougar (including horrific deaths from traps) ... NMDGF biologists have admitted publicly that they will not be able to produce any new population estimates (not actual counts, but assumptions based on habitat) before the Game Commission is due to issue a final vote on the new Bear and Cougar Rule. The department is asking the public and the Commission to go along with their proposals on blind faith and is behaving in an unethical and irresponsible manner.

Cougar and bear regulate their own population. Over-exploitation through hunting, trapping, and other causes of death is likely to throw the animals’ social structure into disarray and increase conflicts with humans and livestock.

New Mexicans are fed up with our Game & Fish Department lethally exploiting native species on behalf of special interests, including the livestock industry and outfitters. These proposals wreak havoc on the animals and our entire ecosystem, affecting not only these special interests but all New Mexicans. We call upon Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Game Commission to oppose these cruel and indefensible proposals.

New Mexicans do not support increased take of cougar and bear, and are especially opposed to trapping of cougar and spring bear hunts. (NOTE: On June 3, the Game Commission issued a list of proposals to be considered at their meeting on June that doesn’t include trapping of cougar on public lands — but would eliminate the permit required for private landowners to trap cougar—and the spring bear season. Nonetheless, these recommendations are still being promoted by the Game & Fish Department.)

No other state manages wildlife in the manner that NMDGF is proposing. Only in Texas, where cougars are unprotected “varmint” species, is trapping of the animals legal.

Please act now:

Sign and share our new petition against these extreme proposals. Hundreds have already signed, can you help us get thousands of signatures? You can sign online or download a hard copy to gather petition signatures. Please hurry! We are only collecting petitions until Aug. 16.

Join us to testify in person in Santa Fe on Thursday, Aug. 27. The Game Commission meeting begins 9 a.m. in the Santa Fe Community College, Jemez Room, 6401 Richards Ave.

Write to the Game Commission to oppose these proposed revisions to the Bear & Cougar Rule. If you can’t attend a public meeting, be sure to weigh in with your opposition on the NMDGF website wildlife.state.nm.us.

Write a letter to the editor voicing your opposition to increased cougar and bear hunting and the State Land Office’s attempts to enormously increase cruel trapping in our state.

For information, including how you can get involved in standing up for New Mexico’s wild animals, contact APNM’s Wildlife Campaign Manager at phil@apnm.org or (505) 265-2322 ext. 31. To sign the petition go to www.apnm.org.

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