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Dave Harper

If you lose or find an animal in Placitas area, call the Animal Hotline at 867-6135. The Hotline is a nonprofit service run by Dave and January Harper to help reunite lost and found pets. Placing a Lost or Found in the Animal Hotline is a free service courtesy of the Signpost—we can sometimes even include a photo. Call Dave and January at 867-6135 or 263-2266 and leave a detailed message, or email the Animal Hotline at: (but call, too).


Dog: Tall, dark, skinny male Doberman. Seen in Placitas Trail Subdivision on March 2. #4030

Two dogs: Long-haired Collie and long-haired white dog. Seen off Camino de la Buena Vista in Placitas on March 4. #4031


Dog: Black with some white, neutered male Chihuahua. "Alex" went missing around 12:30 p.m. off Llano del Norte and Camino de las Huertas in Placitas in on March 14. #4032


Animal News


Lalo’s pet prints:

Lalo loves to receive your pet and animal photos to print in the Signpost.
Email them to “Lalo” at:
Or mail prints to: Signpost, P. O. Box 889 Placitas, NM 87043

Hi ya, Here’s our Oso enjoying the Placitas weather.

Dear Lalo, Look who was asleep on our back porch until I woke him up. We named him Robert (or maybe it’s Roberta).
—Scott Sawyer, Placitas

Oh, deer, Lalo! They are jousting in our backyard.
—Todd Rennecker, Placitas

Cameron Gallegos of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish checks on one of the 33 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep captured at Chevron Mine in Questa March 8 and later relocated to Cochiti Canyon.

Bighorn sheep relocated to Cochiti Canyon

~Signpost Staff

Thirty-four bighorn sheep were captured in early March at the Chevron Mine in Questa and transferred to Cochiti Canyon to supplement the existing Jemez Mountains herd, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reports.

The bighorn sheep on mine property came from a herd at Wheeler Peak. Biologists wanted to move the sheep primarily to augment the Jemez herd. They also wanted to reduce the number of sheep along N.M. 38 between Questa and Red River.

Numerous sheep in recent years have been killed in traffic collisions on the rural highway. A motorcyclist also died in one of those crashes.

Most of the captured sheep were netted at a roadside site, said Nicole Quintana, the department’s Big Game program manager.

The captured sheep were released on U.S. Forest Service Land at Cochiti Canyon in the Jemez Mountains where an existing herd of about 45 animals was established in 2014 following the Las Conchas fire. The relocated sheep may move onto Cochiti Pueblo and Bandelier National Monument lands, Quintana said.

To view a video of the bighorn sheep capture, see: or visit

Donating a portion of your tax refund can support wildlife conservation

~New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Supporting wildlife conservation in New Mexico is simple: Donate to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish “Share with Wildlife program.” It’s as simple as filling out line 2 on PIT-D, New Mexico Voluntary Contributions, on your state tax return, donating any portion of your refund.

In the past ten years, Share with Wildlife has provided over $1.5 million for more than one hundred projects intended to further the conservation and management of primarily non-game species that do not receive funding from other sources. The program has supported wildlife research, habitat enhancement, education, and rehabilitation projects since 1981.

Share with Wildlife depends on donations from the public, which are matched with federal dollars to maximize the amount of money supporting New Mexico’s wildlife. All the money donated goes to funding program projects; none of it is used for program administration.

Those looking for other ways to support conservation can contribute through the department’s online licensing system, by purchasing a program vehicle license plate, or by printing off and mailing in a donation form available on the department Share with Wildlife website,

The Share with Wildlife license plates can be obtained by filling out an application for a wildlife artwork plate available on the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division’s website. It can also be purchased in person at an MVD office, but call ahead to make sure the plate is in stock.

For additional information, email Virginia Seamster at

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