April, 2017

  • 13 April

    Pecos bighorn numbers

    While forage is readily available in the Pecos throughout most of the year, bighorn sheep are dependent on wind-blown areas clear of snow during the winter months. Wildlife biologists believe the population should be maintained at approximately 350 animals to avoid a potential die-off from starvation due to a lack of available food. NMDGF photo by Clint Henson, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    Pecos bighorn numbers are dangerously high There are times when words appear to paint a rosy portrait, but upon closer inspection the painting is found to be a forgery. Such is the case in the Pecos Mountains, where more is not always better. The most recent surveys in the Pecos …

October, 2016

  • 28 October

    Thriving in Rio Grande Gorge

    ith exceptional vision and climbing ability, steep rocky terrain is the ideal habitat for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Since being introduced into the Rio Grande Gorge, bighorn sheep have adapted well and their population has grown from 48 to about 280. Photo by Dan Williams, New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.

    Wildlife agencies across the nation have many success stories to share when it comes to restoring wildlife populations. Sometimes the wildlife get much of the credit. That’s been the case in the Rio Grande Gorge, where a few dozen Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep released in 2006-2007 have multiplied to a …

August, 2016

  • 15 August

    Pike numbers at bay

    Following the discovery of northern pike at Eagle Nest Lake, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish biologists became concerned about the potential impacts this aggressive predatory fish might have on rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Photo by Dan Williams, New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.

    Efforts at Eagle Nest Lake seem to be keeping pike numbers at bay. Five years after rules were put into place to protect this northeastern lake, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish biologists are reporting what appears to be positive results. Following the 2010 discovery of northern pike in Eagle …

March, 2016

  • 1 March

    Time to get out

    Reaching Goose Lake is an adventure in itself and requires a high-clearance vehicle. But getting there is just half the fun. The entire area provides a wonderful outdoor experience. Hiking up the ridge will provide a wonderful view of Wheeler Peak and, if you’re lucky, some bighorn sheep. New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF

    Spending 20 years as a conservation officer in northeastern New Mexico has introduced me to many unique and fantastic locations. I have been fortunate to see the diversity of wildlife and explore some of the most beautiful country this state has to offer. Well, New Mexico might have the replacement …