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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: Very friendly male dog lost from Camino de San Francisco (near San Francisco Hills Road) in northeastern Placitas on December 22. "Bosley" has the body of a hound, coloring of a heeler, one floppy ear and one ear that stands straight up. He lives North of the Village of Placitas and may have headed toward the end of Camino de las Huertas. Unfortunately his microchip is outdated. #3950 (See photo to right.)


CAT: Little elderly male Himalayan cat lost on New Years night. "Tensing" escaped from his house in the Village of Placitas during all the noise at midnight. He was lost from near the Catholic Church on Paseo de San Antonio. He is tan and grey, 15 years old and weighs just 7 lbs. #3951. (See photo below.)


Lost dog

DOG: Black-and-white Shih Tzu lost from the Overlook, just West of the Village of Placitas on January 18, not far off Highway 165. Small, male, black and grey dog named "Rajah" who was wearing a blue collar. #3956 (See photo above.)


DOG: Heeler-type dog seen more than once on about January 18, just north of the Presbyterian Church in Placitas running loose not far from the winery. #3957

Two DOGS: Two huskies seen running loose along Camino de las Huertas about a mile north of Highway 165 and the Village of Placitas on January 27. One white dog and one white and grey. Running too fast to be caught. #3958 & 3959


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“Ru” and “Silk” safe and warm. —Cate Clark

Department to trap; relocate mule deer

—Rachel Shockley, NM Department of Game And Fish

Department of Game and Fish biologists are working to reduce the high population of mule deer in Silver City by capturing and relocating them. Some Silver City area residents are concerned that the deer are causing damage to landscapes and that they pose a human safety risk because they increase the chances of deer-vehicle collisions.

“Due to concerns for public safety and to help alleviate damage to private property, the department plans to capture and relocate one hundred mule deer from Silver City,” said Ryan Darr, the department’s deer and pronghorn biologist.

This is the second year the department has removed and relocated mule deer from Silver City, and is part of ongoing population-control efforts that include population reduction hunts and trapping and moving deer.

The capture will take five days, beginning Tuesday, January 28. About 30 department staff, including biologists and conservation officers, will be assisted by participants from New Mexico State University to trap and relocate the deer.

The department plans to capture the deer using large drop nets placed at select locations throughout the city.

Biologists will administer veterinary care to each deer and place an ear tag for later identification. Some deer will be equipped with radio collars and veterinarians will implant a few pregnant does with radio transmitters to determine the location of fawns once they are born. Researchers from the department and New Mexico State University will use the radio transmitters to track the deer after their release.

Managers will release the mule deer far from urban areas at sites where they hope to boost declining mule deer populations. Half of the deer will be released in the San Francisco River Valley and the remainder will be moved to the Peloncillo Mountains. Biologists hope that the high-quality habitat of the release sites will increase the odds of survival and that deer populations will continue to increase at the sites.

Professor James Cain and graduate student Jana Ashling from New Mexico State University will help the department study the movements, habitat preferences and reproductive success of the relocated deer. This research will provide biologists with important insights into the effectiveness of relocating overabundant mule deer from urban areas to help bolster low mule deer populations in undeveloped natural habitats.

The results of the study could lead to new ways for biologists to restore mule deer herds that are in decline in parts of New Mexico and throughout the western United States.

Maxine Breland adopts a pup

PCL hosts dog adoption and food drive

—Elaine Sullivan

On January 18, 2014,the Placitas Community Library hosted a dog adoption and food drive in conjunction with a book signing by long time animal advocates Wally and Kate Kuligowski for their book Our Most Treasured Tails.

Placitas Animal Rescue (PAR) brought six great dogs, and there was one adoption. The attendees brought food and donations for various animal shelters.

Currently, Placitas Animal Rescue has over ninety dogs and sixty cats available for adoption. They gratefully accept donations of money and food. Contributions can be sent to: Placitas Animal Rescue, PO Box 724, Placitas, New Mexico 87043. If you wish to adopt, call 867-0004. Also, the Merc will be putting out a food box for donations to PAR.

This was the first of several animal adoptions planned by the Placitas Community Library for this year.

Department relocates pronghorn to southern New Mexico

—Rachel Shockley, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

New Mexico has larger pronghorn herds in southern New Mexico and will soon have larger flocks of Gould’s turkeys in the Peloncillo and Animas-San Luis Mountains thanks to the successes of a recent pronghorn trap operation near Cimarron, NM.

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish biologists, conservation officers and staff captured over two hundred pronghorn from irrigated croplands on a ranch in northern New Mexico. The pronghorn received blood tests, vaccinations, and were fitted with radio collars before being relocated on Bureau of Land Management sites outside of Fort Stanton, near Capitan and northwest of Roswell. In exchange for a flock of sixty Gould’s turkeys, forty-three pronghorn were relocated to Arizona.

“New Mexicans benefit on multiple fronts from the outcome of this trap,” said Interim Director R.J. Kirkpatrick. “Southern New Mexico pronghorn herds increase in size, the trade with Arizona provides critical new birds to augment our turkey populations, and New Mexicans can enjoy opportunities to see more wildlife in their natural habitat.”

The Department began trapping and transplanting pronghorns to new ranges in New Mexico in the 1930s and continues the practice today. The statewide population now has grown to approximately thirty-thousand pronghorn.

Eagle Nest Lake opens to ice fishing—foot-traffic only

—Clint Henson

The New Mexico Game and Fish and the State Parks Division opened Eagle Nest Lake for ice fishing on January 11. The ice has been deemed safe for ice fishing; however no ATVs, snowmobiles or other vehicles will be allowed on the ice at this time.

Anglers are asked to stay away from pressure ridges and open water on the ice. Conditions will be closely monitored for the next few days as warm conditions are expected through the weekend. If ice conditions deteriorate, the lake could close.

The Department of Game and Fish hopes to open the lake to ATVs and snowmobiles as soon as ice conditions improve. The Department and State Parks want to ensure that anglers will be safe when ice fishing on the lake, so all precautions will be taken.

For more information, call the Department of Game and Fish at (888) 248-6866, or Eagle Nest Lake State Park at (575) 377-1594.

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