Currently, nearly half of New Mexico’s vertebrate species, and almost all of its invertebrates—including important pollinators—are unprotected by law. Past efforts to expand the Department of Game and Fish’s authority to protect all wildlife have been opposed as an unfunded mandate. A bill introduced in the NM Legislature would change that. Senator Bill Soules (D-Las Cruces) has introduced SB33 that would appropriate $200,000 to the department for a study of potential new funding sources for the conservation of historically neglected species, including “nongame, threatened and endangered, and species of greatest conservation need.”
The bill is a first step towards making sure that all of New Mexico’s wildlife is valued and protected. If you live in New Mexico, please contact your Senator and Representative and ask them to support SB33.
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Learn more about SB33 here.