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The NM Department of Game and Fish is still accepting public comments on its proposed changes to trapping regulations

 

Here is what the Department has proposed:

  • Closing only 0.5% of New Mexico’s public land to most traps.
  • Increasing setbacks from trailheads, but not from trails or roads.
  • Adopting a year-round season for raccoons and nutria.
  • Increasing trap check times for underwater traps (leaving animals in traps longer)

These minor changes are not enough. Nearly 70% of New Mexicans oppose trapping entirely. It's time for an outright ban on trapping on public lands. Make your voice heard by sending in your comments to the Department at dgf-furbearer-rules@state.nm.us. The comment period will end soon, so don't delay.

Consider these talking points, and always lead with a personal connection or story:

  • Traps are cruel. They cause suffering, stress, and injury to wildlife.
  • Traps are indiscriminate. A trap will catch anything that has the misfortune to stumble upon it. They are like landmines on public lands.
  • Trapping is done for profit. For a measly $20 fee, trappers can kill an unlimited number of "protected furbearers" for months out of the year and sell their hides for a profit. Why should a handful of people be allowed to capitalize on the public's wildlife? And it is a handful: less than 3,000 furbearer licenses are sold every year in the state of New Mexico.
  • Trapping hurts outdoor recreation. New Mexico recently passed a bill to kickstart our outdoor recreation economy. How will visitors feel when they find out the hard way that traps can be set just 25 yards from a trail or road and just half a mile from a designated campground? New Mexicans and visitors alike should be able to recreate on public lands without fear.

Click here to read comments submitted by SWEC and partners. Read more about traps at www.trapfreenm.org.