Lynx protection requested
in New Mexico
On August 1, Forest Guardians and partner groups filed a petition
seeking Endangered Species Act protections for Canada lynx in north-central
New Mexico in order to protect the wildcat’s entire Southern
Rocky Mountain range. Lynx are protected in neighboring Colorado,
but when the exact same animal crosses the state border into New
Mexico, as they sometimes do, the protection ends. In an effort
to establish and restore a viable population of lynx, the Colorado
Department of Wildlife began releasing lynx into a “core recovery
area” in southwestern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains
in 1999. Lynx released into the core recovery area continue to migrate
south along the San Juan Mountains into New Mexico. Despite their
imperiled status, at least six lynx have been killed in New Mexico
over the last few years.
To learn more, visit the Forest Guardians’ website at: www.fguardians.org
or call 505-988-9126.
Animal cruelty taskforce opens new Hotline
Attorney General Gary King, who chairs the newly formed Animal
Cruelty Taskforce (ACT), says the new ACT Hotline is up and taking
calls. The New Mexico toll-free, 24-hour hotline’s purpose
is to take information about animal fighting and extreme cruelty
to animals. The number is accessible from anywhere in the state
“People who abuse animals in New Mexico will be prosecuted,”
says the Attorney General. “This new hotline gives the public
and law enforcement another tool as we work together to ensure compliance
with animal protection laws.”
ACT member and spokesperson for Animal Protection of New Mexico,
Heather Greenhood, says “Animal fighting is a scourge in our
state and contributes to other forms of violent crime. We need all
New Mexicans to report any activity that they believe to be connected
with any form of animal fighting and help us make their communities
safer places for all forms of life.”
Additionally, The Humane Society of the United States has offered
a $5,000 reward to individuals whose information leads to the arrest
and conviction of anyone involved in dog fighting. This information
will be handled by the Animal Cruelty Taskforce and taken to the
Humane Society for confirmation with law enforcement.
Shooters kill elk, ruin signs, stuff rabbits into
—NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND FISH
Two men who pleaded guilty to poaching a bull elk, shooting
holes in ranch and highway signs, and placing dead rabbits in mail
boxes agreed to donate $2,000 each to High Country Crime Stoppers
in lieu of court fines.
Chaz Pilley 17, and Will Wood, 25, both of Springer, also were
sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation after they pleaded
guilty to two counts of criminal damage to property, negligent use
of a firearm, hunting elk with the aid of artificial light, and
unlawful killing of elk. The judge suspended fines of $2,800 each
for their promises to donate $2,000 each to Crime Stoppers.
The charges stemmed from a May 2007 investigation by Department
of Game and Fish officers Rey Sanchez and Jason Kline. The UU Bar
Ranch and the Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron reported criminal
damage to gates, locks and highway signs and a bull elk that appeared
to have been illegally killed with the aid of headlights.
The officers found a lock and a ranch sign that had been shot numerous
times with .22- and .380-caliber firearms. They also found highway
signs that had been run over by a vehicle, and dead rabbits that
had been placed in mailboxes and on ranch signs. The bull elk was
also found shot numerous times with .22- and .380-caliber firearms.
The Department of Game and Fish offers rewards for information
leading to the arrest of wildlife criminals. If you have information
regarding wildlife crimes, please call 1-800-432-GAME. Callers can
Dealing with rabies
In Arizona, approximately thirty people each year have known contact
with laboratory-confirmed rabid animals. In this state, rabies most
commonly occurs in bats, skunks and foxes, but any mammal can contract
the disease. Rabid animals may show unusual behavior or appear unstable.
Wild animals exhibiting unusual behavior should be reported to local
animal control officials.
Examples of unusual behavior include wild animals that show no
fear of people and pets; nocturnal animals that are active in daylight;
or bats found on the ground, in swimming pools or that have been
caught by a pet. It is estimated that less than one percent of bats
in nature carry rabies, but people should always use caution around
wild animals. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) recommends
the following precautions:
• Keep people and pets away from wild animals. Teach children
not to pick up, touch, or feed wild or unfamiliar animals, especially
sick or wounded ones.
• Do not "rescue" seemingly abandoned young wild
• Vaccinate all dogs and cats against rabies. Pets should
be kept in a fenced yard.
• Take precautions when camping, hunting or fishing. Avoid
sleeping on the open ground without the protection of a closed tent
or camper. Keep pets on a leash and do not allow them to wander.
• Do not disturb roosting bats. If you find a bat on the
ground, don't touch it. Report the bat and its location to your
local animal control officer or health department.
Someone exposed to rabies undergoes postexposure prophylaxis or
PEP. In the United States, postexposure prophylaxis consists of
a regimen of one dose of immune globulin and five doses of rabies
vaccine over a 28-day period. Rabies immune globulin and the first
dose of rabies vaccine should be given by a health care provider
as soon as possible after exposure. Additional doses or rabies vaccine
should be given 3, 7, 14, and 28 days after the first vaccination.
Current vaccines are relatively painless and are given in a person's
arm, like a flu or tetanus vaccine.