Letter To The Editor: Let’s All Voice Support For Two Bills Aimed At Protecting New Mexico Wildlife

Los Alamos

At 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, New Mexico’s Senate Conservation Committee will hear two bills aimed at protecting wildlife here in New Mexico.

Senate Bill 286, which will ban the use of traps and poisons on our public lands, was introduced by Sen. Pete Campos (D-Las Vegas) and Sen. Gay Kernan (R-Hobbs). Currently, traps and poisons can be left not far from public trails, are random in their damage, and put wildlife, endangered species and even pets at risk.

Senate Bill 268, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Mark Moores (R- Albuquerque), will ban coyote killing contests. Both bills have broad bipartisan support.

Together, these two bills will bring significant new protections for native wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, and will eliminate some of the cruelest and outdated tools used in the War on Wildlife.

Supporters of these bills are invited to attend the hearings and take a moment to call three key members of the committee to ask them to support the bills:

  • Sen. Joseph Cervantes 505.986.4861
  • Sen. Richard Martinez 505.986.4487
  • Sen. William Payne-R 505.986.4702