Wildlife & Habitat Conservation

June, 2019

  • 13 June

    Out of Range

    Two bull moose browsing willows at Tincup Pass, west of Buena Vista, Colo. Department photo by Mark Watson.

    Moose from southern Colorado wander into New Mexico Moose have called the Rocky Mountains home for millennia but have never been found as far south as New Mexico, until recently. Since the 1990s, moose have occasionally been spotted in northern New Mexico around the Taos, Chama and Tierra Amarilla areas. …

May, 2019

April, 2019

  • 18 April

    Black-footed ferrets reintroduced to New Mexico once again

    Hiding inside small pet carriers in the back of a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service truck, eight very rare animals that once thrived in New Mexico waited to go home. It was a sunny, late September afternoon when wildlife biologists, conservationists, ranchers and local residents gathered on the side of …

February, 2019

  • 27 February

    Desert bighorn return to the Sacramento Mountains

    Desert bighorn, gathered at the White Sands Missile Range are released from a trailer into the Sacramento Mountains in Alamogordo. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

    For the first time in nearly a century, desert bighorn sheep are roaming the Sacramento Mountains in southern New Mexico. On an early, mid-autumn morning last October, biologists and conservation officers gathered at the White Sands Small Missile Range to capture desert bighorn sheep and relocate them to their once-native …

January, 2019

  • 7 January

    Rocky Mountain bighorn survey

    Department conducts latest Rocky Mountain bighorn survey It’s a cloudless, moonlit late June morning, shortly after 5 a.m., when Caitlin Ruhl, bighorn sheep biologist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, turns west on NM-502 toward Los Alamos. The day starts this early because bighorn sheep are easier …

  • 7 January

    Out of Range

    White-nosed coatis heading north or just heading home? In early April, game wardens in Albuquerque received an unusual call: a white-nosed coati—also known as a coatimundi—was captured by a local pest control company in the village of Corrales situated on the Rio Grande Bosque in Sandoval County. Corrales—or, really, anywhere …

  • 7 January

    Habitat Improvement

    Because Wildlife Depends on it . . . All outdoor enthusiasts love to see a lot of wildlife, whether it’s a hunter, hiker or photographer. Habitat improvements are implemented all over the world to benefit wildlife. New Mexico is no exception. These improvements not only play a pivotal role in …

  • 7 January

    WMA Waterfowl Hunting

    Wetlands and waterfowl hunting opportunities on WMAs It was an early Saturday morning in mid-May at the Bernardo Wildlife Management Area (WMA) south of Albuquerque. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish staff from the wildlife management and field operations divisions were already hard at work preparing tools and equipment. …

  • 7 January

    Tale of the Cooter

    The Western River Cooter is a species of turtle that is of particular interest to the department. State-listed as threatened, very little is known about where it is found, what kind of habitat it needs at different life stages, and how it is doing in New Mexico. It is currently …

April, 2017

  • 13 April

    Bear-resistant dumpsters

    Bob Osborn, assistant chief of private land programs for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, affixes a “Be Bear Aware” sticker to one of the new bear-resistant dumpsters installed at the Los Alamos Medical Center. NMDGF photo by Zen Mocarski, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    Bear-resistant dumpsters benefit wildlife, people There is a difference between unintentional and intentional or negligent feeding of wildlife. Unfortunately, the end result is often the same. Bears are notorious for becoming quickly conditioned to human surroundings and habituated to human foods after consuming enticing treats found in garbage. Following such …