Wildlife & Habitat Conservation

July, 2020

  • 29 July

    Returning Rio Grande cutthroat trout to New Mexico’s waters

    Have you ever wondered why Rio Grande cutthroat trout conservation is important? Rio Grande cutthroat trout are not only New Mexico’s state fish, they are also native only to northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The presence and abundance of native trout on the landscape helps maintain a healthy and …

  • 29 July

    More about Rio Grande cutthroat trout

    A Q&A with Tucker Brauer, Rio Grande cutthroat biologist In an interview with New Mexico Wildlife, Tucker Brauer, Rio Grande cutthroat biologist with the Department of Game and Fish, talked about the reintroduction of this important species to our state. Brauer, who is originally from Idaho, received an associate’s degree …

  • 29 July

    Trout in a Tote

    Have you ever seen trout swimming in a backpack? It sounds odd but on a recent trip with the Department’s Rio Grande cutthroat trout biologist, Tucker Brauer, that’s exactly what I saw – several hundred cutthroat trout swimming in dozens of backpacks. It’s a stocking technique utilized by fisheries biologists …

  • 29 July

    A Growing Pack of Mexican Wolf Recovery Partners

    Mexican wolf recovery in New Mexico received a boost last fall when the New Mexico State Game Commission voted unanimously to once again become a lead cooperating agency in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program. “It is only appropriate for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to have a …

May, 2020

February, 2020

  • 14 February

    Legislature Passes State Wildlife Corridors Act

    NMDOT employees inspect one of two large bridges over the Rio Puerco on U.S. Highway 550 south of Cuba, a high wildlife-vehicle collision hotspot. Eight-foot tall woven wire fencing constructed along the highway right-of-way will force wildlife to move under the highway at these two bridge locations. Department photo by Mark Watson.

    In February 2019, the New Mexico Legislature passed Senate Bill 228, the New Mexico Wildlife Corridors Act, sponsored by Senator Mimi Stewart and Representatives Joanne Ferrary and Georgene Louis. The Act was signed into law by Governor Lujan-Grisham March 28. The Act directs the New Mexico Department of Game and …

  • 14 February

    Department monitors Gila elk calf population

    Conservation officer Kasey Gehrt prepares to take biological samples from an elk calf. Department photo by Alexa J. Henry.

    On an early June morning in the Gila National Forest, Department of Game and Fish conservation officers and biologists stop their pickup trucks along a winding dirt road. It’s a quiet, sunny morning; the only faint sound is the whirling of a distant, lone helicopter scanning the landscape below for …

  • 14 February

    Wildlife Captures: Q&A with the Department’s big game program manager

    Big game program manager Nicole Tatman and conservation officer Jared Burns examine a captured calf. Department photo by Martin Perea.

    Captures are conducted to accomplish a variety of specific goals, said Nicole Tatman, big game program manager with the Department. “Biologist are looking for some piece of information from the species or herd.” For example, a capture could help biologists investigate why a population of elk is declining in certain …

  • 14 February

    Out of Range: Javelina are making appearances in some of the most unlikely places

    Out of RangeJavelina are making appearances in some of the most unlikely places

    Collared peccary, better known as javelina, have been a part of southern New Mexico’s landscape since before biologists such as Stokely Ligon and Vernon Bailey started discovering things about them in the early 1900s. The name javelina is derived from jabalina which, in Spanish, means “wild sow.” These medium-sized omnivorous …

  • 14 February

    Conserving Rare Southwestern Fishes

    WPA workers pose at Dexter Fish Cultural Station ca 1936. USFWS National Fish and Aquatic Conservation Archives.

    Certain places in our collective consciousness seem to exist because they have been the subject of books. The Four Corners belong to Tony Hillerman; the Gila River to Rev. Ross Calvin; and the Pecos Wilderness to the legendary conservationist and former director of the New Mexico Department of Game and …