Hearing on Bear and Cougar Rule this Thursday

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish wants to know what the public thinks about its rules for if and how bears and cougars should be hunted. To present information and collect public input, the Department is holding a meeting tomorrow night in Las Cruces.

WHEN: August 15th, Thursday, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive, Las Cruces, NM.


Whether you are a hunter or not, you have as much right as anyone to express your views on how our state's wildlife should be managed. If you can't attend, you can submit your comments by email to DGF-Bear-Cougar-Rules@state.nm.us. Some points to consider:


  1. Eliminate ALL recreational cougar trapping. Reverse the Game Commission's 2015 decision to allow the use of traps and snares as a method of cougar "sport harvesting" on both private and state trust lands. 
  2. Reduce annual cougar and bear kill limits. The latest data and scientific literature show that NMDGF has dangerously overestimated the number of cougars and bears in New Mexico and applied inflated percentages of allowable kills, putting populations at risk.
  3. Undo the double bag limits for cougars. Reverse the Game Commission's 2015 decision to allow cougar hunters who kill their bag limit of two cougars to then kill up to two more in cougar management zones where current unjustifiably high kill limits are not met.