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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).


CAT: White/apricot, male Birman cat lost from Placitas Homesteads on February 16. "Ajacks" is an 11-year-old male who is new to Placitas. He got out through a tear in a screen. Lost near the end of Homesteads Road, he is a beautiful white cat with apricot markings and very blue eyes. He is mocrochipped. REWARD offered for any information! #3966 (See photo above.)


2 DOGS: 2 Huskies seen running loose on Camino de las Huertas in Placitas on January 27 about a mile north of Highway 165. One white dog and one grey and white. #3961 & 3962


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LaloLalo’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

“Ah! THAT cools a hot tail!"—Mr. Northern Flicker (6 Feb 2014)
—Michael and Jeremie Sare, La Mesa, Placitas

Lalo—I grew up with a large strong fast dog like you. Sam was loved by the whole neighborhood in Portsmouth, Ohio. This photo was taken in 1955. With my sister and brother, I am in the center, petting Sam, a spirited friend and confidant. 
—Greg Leichner

Chairman resigns from State Game Commission

Signpost Staff

On February 17, Scott Bidegain, chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission (NMGC), tendered his resignation from the commission. In his resignation letter, Bidegain stated: “I am honored to have served on the commission and as its chair. Unfortunately, I was present during a hunting incident earlier this month that will result in charges being filed shortly. I believe that it is in the best interest of the Commission and the Department that I step down at this time. I think you should be proud to know that throughout this incident, the officers at the Department acted honorably and professionally.” 

The NMGC stated, “Department conservation officers diligently pursue all wildlife violations in their efforts to protect and conserve the state’s wildlife. Department officers filed a misdemeanor charge in Quay County Magistrate Court against Bidegain alleging he was an accessory to the unlawful killing of a cougar.”

Vice Chairman Thomas “Dickie” Salopek will lead the commission following Bidegain’s resignation.

New Mexico animal rights and conservation organizations had been calling for the removal of Bidegain from office since December when he took part in a major coyote-killing contest in Nevada, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Bidegain and his partner placed sixth in the two-day event after killing eight coyotes, earning them a $1300 dollar cash prize. A total of 307 coyotes were killed by all participants in the World Coyote Calling Contest.

Wild turkeys trapped, relocated in New Mexico

—Dan Williams

As of February 14, following successful trapping and transplant operations by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, sixty-seven wild turkeys have new places to roost in southern New Mexico.

The separate transplants will increase existing turkey populations in southwestern and southeastern New Mexico, with a goal of one day offering more hunting opportunities in those areas.

Early this month, the department partnered with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to trap twenty Gould’s turkeys in Arizona and move them to the “Boot heel” region of extreme southwestern New Mexico. The Gould’s turkeys, a threatened species in New Mexico, were released in the Coronado National Forest, where they will add to a growing population of birds.

The Gould’s turkey transplant was part of a trade in which the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish trapped and moved one hundred pronghorn antelope to Arizona in exchange for sixty Gould’s turkeys. Twenty turkeys will be trapped and moved to New Mexico each year for three years.

The department trapped 47 Merriam’s turkeys at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron and moved them to the Guadalupe Mountains of the Lincoln National Forest of southeastern New Mexico. The transplants will be a big boost to a small population of Merriam’s turkeys in the area northwest of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Three species of wild turkeys, Merriam’s, Rio Grande, and Gould’s inhabit New Mexico. The state offers spring and fall hunting seasons for Merriam’s and Rio Grande turkeys. Gould’s turkey licenses are limited to two a year, one by auction and one by lottery, from the National Wild Turkey Federation.

For more information about turkeys and turkey hunting in New Mexico, visit

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