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Recent meeting of the New Mexico Legislature's 'Water and Natural Resources Committee'
On August 30-31, the NM Legislature's Committee on Water and Natural Resources met in Chama to discuss a number of issues. Wildlife management was front and center, but bear management was not. The new Director of NM Game & Fish Department , Mr. Michael Sloane (email: firstname.lastname@example.org and tel. 505/476-8148) was on hand and spoke to "Expanding the Mission of the Department including Funding Mechanisms."
The Chairman and President of the NM State Game Commission also spoke about reform of their commission. At the end of the first day, public comments were allowed and Stephan Helgesen of Black Bears Matter used his three minutes to speak to the legislators about the need for developing a NM Bear Management Program (like Colorado's); for doing a new more comprehensive bear population study; for introducing more specific data to the NM Game & Fish website on bear depradation kills; for reducing the numbers of sow kills from the current 37% back down to the 31-32% level and for rescuing and relocating more bears rather than destroying them (especially cubs). To read Stephan Helgesen's 'Open Letter to the Committee Members' click here. To download a copy of the Committee Members names and email addresses, click here. To hear Stephan Helgesen's comments to the Committee Members, click here.
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