2017 New Mexico Legislative Campaign

SB 267 - Classify Coyotes and Skunks as Furbearers

New Mexico law currently offers no legal protection for coyotes or skunks. SB 267 would grant the Game Commission authority to set bag limits and otherwise regulate the killing of these two species.

Sponsor: Jeff Steinborn (D)
Click here to read SB 267.

Use the talking points below to make phone calls, write letters, and send emails to your elected officials and write letters to the editor of your local paper.

Talking points:

  • Coyotes and skunks are currently totally unprotected under New Mexico law. They can be killed in unlimited numbers any time 
  • SB 267 would classify coyotes and skunks as protected furbearers.
  • The bill would also grant the Game Commission explicit authority to set bag limits for all furbearers, including bobcats and foxes.
  • Currently, there are no bag limits for any furbearers in New Mexico.

1. Contact your State Representative and Senator.

Use the talking points above to email, write a letter, AND make a phone call to all your elected officials. Make sure you tell them you are a constituent of theirs. For phone calls, use their capitol number, (505) area code.

Click here to find contact information for your Representative and Senator,

2. Contact Governor Martinez.

It's not enough to pass a bill. The Governor needs to sign it. Please email, call, AND send a letter to Governor Martinez.

Phone: (505) 476-2200
Email: http://www.governor.state.nm.us/Contact_the_Governor.aspx
Mail: Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501

3. Write a letter to the editor of your paper.

Letters to the editor are a powerful tool to raise public awareness. Use the talking points above to write to your local paper.

Click here for New Mexico newspaper contact information.

4. Ask a friend, family member, or coworker to get involved.

Now that you have taken action, will you forward this web page to someone you know who might want to get involved?

Thanks for taking the time to join the grassroots effort! 

Click here to make a donation that will go towards ending killing contests in New Mexico.


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