Officer’s Log

April, 2017

  • 13 April

    Albuquerque wildlife calls

    Memorable Albuquerque wildlife calls. NMDGF photo, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    Memorable Albuquerque wildlife calls Nuisance wildlife calls can fall into a variety of categories: urgent, entertaining, painstaking, frustrating and “I have got to see this.” New Mexico Department of Game and Fish personnel who spend time in the field will at some point experience a myriad of calls and may …

October, 2016

  • 28 October

    Live and learn

    Captain Andrew Gray places an ear tag onto a tranquilized bear he captured in Watrous. As Gray can attest, even younger bears are built for a life in the wild. They are powerful and possess formidable teeth and sharp claws. New Mexico Wildlife magazine, Fall-Winter Vol 59, Num 3, NMDGF.

    Don’t ever wrestle a bear. Doesn’t matter how big a person might be and how small it is, just don’t do it. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. It was spring 2008 or 2009 when I was the Las Vegas Supervisory District sergeant. You’d think I’d remember not just the …

August, 2016

  • 15 August

    Bull elk or cow elk

    Left: Bull elk grow and shed large antlers each year. Made of bone, as antlers grow they are protected by a fuzzy-like skin known as velvet, but by late summer the antlers have hardened and the velvet is rubbed off or falls off. During the spring the antlers drop and the process begins anew. Photo by Dan Williams. Right: Cow elk do not have antlers. Photo by Zen Mocarski. New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.

    To suggest people are passionate about wildlife might be an understatement and attempts to dispel preconceived notions might be considered blasphemy. Such was the case with a man at the New Mexico State Fair. It was mid-September and the state fair was in full swing. I was assigned to work …