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2023 Hunting Regulations in New Mexico

This article is in response to Don’t Raise Limits for Bear and Mountain Lion Hunting article written by The New Mexican. We’ve been closely following the ongoing discourse around the proposed hunting regulations in New Mexico for bear and cougar hunting. While some view these proposals as a threat to wildlife, a deeper analysis reveals a more nuanced picture and has the potential for opportunities for hunters.

The Proposed Changes and Their Implications

New Mexico’s Department of Game and Fish is considering increasing hunting quotas for black bears and cougars as a means of managing what they believe as a burgeoning population. The proposal suggests raising the statewide limits from 580 to potentially higher for cougars and from 804 to more for bears per season. The department argues that such interventions are necessary to maintain balance in the animal populations. However, wildlife advocates express concerns that these increased hunting limits may disrupt the ecosystem, leading to an imbalance in the food chain and a potential surge in elk and deer populations.

Despite the apprehensions raised by wildlife advocates, responsible hunting can significantly contribute to conservation efforts. It’s important to note that the proposed hunting regulations in New Mexico do not permit the hunting of cubs, kittens, or mothers with offspring, ensuring the survival of these species.

States like Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming have successfully implemented hunting regulations that balance the needs of hunters with the integrity of the ecosystem. They’ve shown that hunting can coexist with wildlife preservation, setting a precedent for other states to follow.

The 2019 Ban on Cougar Trapping: A Step Forward or Backward?

In 2019, New Mexico made significant strides towards wildlife activism by banning the trapping or snaring of cougars. This ban is a slippery slope that will lead to complete bans or significantly reduce future hunting opportunities. If the state of New Mexico can ban trapping, those involve will not stop there. Critics of the proposed changes view the new proposals as a regression, arguing that it promotes slaughter over preservation. However, this perspective overlooks the potential positive impact of hunting on maintaining a balanced and healthy ecosystem.

The Mountain Lion Foundation, a national organization dedicated to mountain lion preservation, argues that New Mexico’s hunting quotas are unsustainable and threaten the cougar’s health and stability. While their concerns may have purposeful information to deceive, it’s crucial to consider that the revised policies are based on recent scientific research and public input, suggesting a more informed decision-making process.

Bears in New Mexico can be under stress due to human intrusion and drought-induced food scarcity. However, the population of black bears are growing as it estimated to between 8000 and 9000 so learning to interact sensibly with bears, securing trash, storing food in impenetrable containers and proper conservation and hunting can promote coexistence that minimizes bear-human encounters.

Public Input and Transparency

The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public input on the proposed hunting regulations in New Mexico, indicating transparency and openness to diverse opinions. This allows all stakeholders, including hunters, conservationists, and local residents, to voice their concerns and suggestions, ensuring balanced, democratic decision-making. Please take time and allow your voice to be heard, when you do represent hunters and conservationist well as we all know the tricks the activist are will to play to get their way.

The Role of Responsible Hunting

Critics may argue that states like New Mexico should take a less “bloodthirsty” approach to managing wildlife. However, it’s essential to remember that responsible hunting does not equate to bloodthirstiness. Instead, it’s a practice that balances human needs with wildlife preservation.

The ongoing debate on the proposed hunting regulations in New Mexico highlights the complex relationship between hunting/conservation and wildlife activist. While detractors may see this move as harmful to wildlife, real-world evidence from other states suggests otherwise.

Responsible hunting can be an effective tool for managing wildlife populations, promoting biodiversity, and maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Therefore, rather than viewing the proposed changes as an attack on wildlife, let’s see them as a call to responsible hunting – one that protects our wildlife while addressing human needs.

As members of New Mexico’s hunting community, let’s seize this opportunity to demonstrate that hunting and conservation are not mutually exclusive, but rather integral components of a holistic approach to wildlife management.

The Department of Game and Fish is hosting public meetings to gather feedback on the proposed revisions. These meetings are scheduled to take place in Raton, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Roswell in July 2023. Comments on the proposed changes can also be provided by mail or email.

This is a chance for us to contribute to a balanced and informed decision-making process that benefits both humans and wildlife. Let’s participate in the discussion about the proposed changes and ensure our voices are heard.

The proposed bear and cougar hunting regulations in New Mexico present a complex issue that requires careful consideration. It’s essential to strike a balance between the needs of hunters and the preservation of wildlife. By participating in the ongoing debate, we can contribute to a solution that respects both these aspects along with promoting hunting as incredible outdoor adventure.

Please participate in the discussion about the proposed changes by mailing your comments or attending the public meetings. Let’s contribute to a balanced and informed decision-making process that benefits both humans and wildlife.

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