New Mexico Deer News

Biologists caution against moving deer during fawning July 23, 2016 New Mexico, Silver City Daily Press and Independent
... a baby deer left alone is actually safer, and is very rarely abandoned... The mother has a very strong smell after she’s given birth ... she purposefully stays away, because a predator can find her but she can run from that predator a lot better than the little fawn. So the baby has this instinct to stay down on the ground and not move ...

...  It’s now up to a federal judge ...

Furry friends spotted on wildlife bridge May 4, 2016 New Mexico, Tucson Local Media
...  the wildlife connectivity bridge and underpass spanning North Oracle Road just outside Oro Valley town limits has experienced a variety of animals making use of the new features. The Sonoran Desert’s first wildlife bridge [see video below of mule deer using the bridge]


Rewards paid to catch New Mexico poachers April 23, 2016 New Mexico, KRQE News 13
... Operation Game Thief, in short, is the “Crime Stoppers for wildlife.” ... Antelope tips are $350. The reward increases to $500 for deer and oryx. Tips involving prosecutions related to elk and bighorn sheep are up to $750...

Silver City, Town manager says no hunting in city limits March 9, 2016 New Mexico, Silver City Sun-News
... “It’s within the Game and Fish Department’s purview to recommend hunts, but within the Silver City town limits it is against the law,” Brown said. “That is within our purview.” ...

Silver City, Game and Fish continues deer population management March 7, 2016 New Mexico, Silver City Sun-News
... In 2012, they managed to trap only six deer, but in 2013, that number shot up to 110,” Matthews said. “It is a lot of work, you need at least one person per deer.” The deer are hooded and their legs are tied so they can be safely transported during relocation. “So you wind up having to have 20-25 people there if you have 20-25 deer. It’s pretty labor intensive.” ...

... This year’s annual count found just 97 Mexican wolves in the wild ... allow for killing wolves in response to “unacceptable impacts” to deer and elk. None of the new provisions were used this year ... press relase from FWS about Mexican wolf recovery ...

... “Bucks in the rut are easy targets for opportunistic poachers ... We’re asking the public to keep an eye out for our wildlife and report any suspicious activity.” ... Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-432-GAME 

Ruisoso, Removal procedure mulled for dead deer December 15, 2015 New Mexico, Ruidoso News
... Removal of dead mule deer from private property may strain the dividing line between private and public responsibility, but the overriding issue deals with sanitation ... The population this summer went (to higher elevations), because there was plenty of water and food, but they have moved down ...

Longview Mayor Mack faces misdemeanor hunting citations in New Mexico November 24, 2015 Longview News-Journal
... the charges arose from Mack using his son’s tag during a 2013 bow-hunting trip they took together... a YouTube video was posted at the time in which a man claims Mack illegally killed elk in September 2013 and October 2013 in New Mexico ...

Yearling mule deer feel frisky after the snow melts across the field in November. They like to "play tag" and chase each other around. - November, 2015



Doe mule deer shot by shotgun near Davis Willow November 5, 2015 New Mexico Game and Fish
... A concerned citizen contacted Officer Nygren and reported finding the doe that had been shot off Forest Road 646 above the Davis Willow Campground...The unlawful killing of this doe has just killed several generations of potential offspring ..  call Operation Game Thief 1-800 432-4263.

...  federal government vowing Tuesday to move ahead with plans to recover the endangered species despite the refusal of state wildlife officials to issue permits allowing for the release of wolves in New Mexico... 

... Pearce’s bill would open our prized natural areas to development and fragmentation that would lead to the loss of hunting opportunities and impact unique native game species such as Mearns quail, Coues deer and desert bighorn sheep...

Pearce bill would open New Mexico land for development September 12, 2015 New Mexico, Albuquerque Journal
... Rep. Steve Pearce wants to loosen development restrictions on federal lands in southwestern New Mexico’s Luna and Hidalgo counties ... New Mexico’s other senator, Democrat Martin Heinrich, said, “ ...the Big Hatchet Mountains, Peloncillo Mountains and Cooke’s Peak represent some of the finest Coues deer, Mearns quail and desert bighorn sheep habitat in the state ...

Hunting season opens in New Mexico August 31, 2015 New Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexican
... Game and Fish officials said they expect an estimated 36,000 elk hunters, 27,000 deer hunters, 4,400 pronghorn antelope hunters, and 30,000 small-game and bird hunters this season...

Feds push Game Commission to allow Mexican gray wolf releases August 29, 2015 New Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexican
...  commissioners want Fish and Wildlife to provide more information about how increased wolf populations will affect deer and elk populations in the area.  “I think if we exceed these numbers or even double the population, we’re going to see severe impacts on the ungulate [elk and deer] population,” said Commissioner Ralph Ramos ...

Two New Mule Deer Foundation Chapters Form in New Mexico August 17, 2015 Ammo Land
... The Llano Estacado Chapter in the Portales/Clovis area have set their sights on funding water projects on Bureau of Land Management lands ...The Carlsbad Chapter plans to coordinate habitat restoration projects in an area that has seen declining habitat and mule deer populations ...

Ecology of Adult Female Rocky Mountain Mule Deer Following Habitat Enhancements ... 2015, New Mexico, Open Access Theses and Dissertations
... Populations of Rocky Mountain mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus hemionus) are currently declining across the West and throughout New Mexico. Specific reasons for the decline of mule deer are unclear but hypotheses which have been developed include predation, overhunting, competition with other large herbivores, habitat loss and deterioration, fire exclusion, extreme weather, and declining nutrition. Multiple factors may be interacting ... Total survival for the duration of the study from March 2011 to February 2014 was 0.83 (SE = 0.029) and was best explained by total precipitation and age as well as body mass and ingesta-free body fat at time of capture...

Proposed new rules would ease limits on bear, cougar hunting June 6, 2015 New Mexico, The Taos News
... It used to be that livestock interests in New Mexico were upset because a carnivore might threaten their herds, Ray said [Sierra Club, Mary Katherine Ray]. “Now, we’re seeing hunters upset because a lion or a bear might kill a deer.” ... Comments on the rules can be submitted through July via email at DGF-Bear-Cougar-Rules@state.nm.us or by calling 888-248-6866.

We’re letting another predator go down June 2, 2015 New Mexico, High County News
... the New Mexico Game and Fish Department unveiled its latest proposal to benefit hunters who think lions are taking too many deer and elk: leg-hold traps. Though they would only be permitted on private land, these traps are known to cause terrible suffering; some unfortunate animals are so desperate that they even bite off their own legs in order to escape...

... The bill would designate the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico.  The national monument encompasses backcountry lands and waters inhabited by a diversity of wildlife, including elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep ...

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish evaluates bear and cougar rules May 13, 2015 Farmington Daily Times
... The department will host public meetings in Ruidoso, Silver City and Raton to solicit input, and comments can be submitted at wildlife.state.nm.us... "It's just devastated their deer herd to the point that I don't know if they'll ever come back in our lifetime," ... Ernie Current, the former president of the New Mexico Trappers Association ...

Game Commission considers proposal for cougar trapping May 3, 2015 New Mexico, ABQJournal 
... Under the proposed rule change, traps and snares would be allowable on public land in certain cougar management zones ... Another proposed change would allow licensed deer and elk hunters to also hunt mountain lions during hunts for the other animals...

New Mexico data: An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 mule deer in 2015, a total deer population of about 100,000 including 10,000 to 15,000 Coues deer and other whitetails.  About 80,000 mule deer and 12,000 Coues deer in 2013.  Some white-tails in the river bottoms and along the Texas border, Coues white-tails are mostly in the southwest.  About 200,000 deer in 1999  Persistent drought beginning in the winter of 2010-11 reduced populations.   Reduced license sales are expected in 2015 as a result of the declining deer population.  In 2014, 39,314 licenses sold with a 26 percent success rate.  Hunting Statistics  Hunter success was 25 percent in 2013.  An estimated 36,000 elk hunters, 27,000 deer hunters in 2015.
     Habitat loss and over hunting pushed the population down to its low of about 40,000 in the early 1900's.  In 1894 New Mexico began to restrict the taking of wild game. In 1894 the deer season was reduced to six months and banned killing deer for hides. In 1899 the hunting limit was set at one buck but no does. In 1931 a doe harvest is reinstated to control some populations, the doe harvest is increased in 1953. The population peaked at 301,000 or more in the 1960's.  Doe hunts were generally ended in 1983.   In 2013 only 124 were taken compared to 8509 bucks. A three point or better antler restriction was imposed in 2004, currently requires forked antler.  Hunter success usually around 30 percent. Historical information from:  Mule Deer in New Mexico [PDF]  Mule Deer of New Mexico [PDF]
   Cougars An estimated 3,000 to 4,500 cougars (mountain lions) in the state in 2015.  
   Bears  An estimated 5,000 to 7,000 bears.

Report Poaching:  People can report poaching anonymously to Operation Game Thief at 800-432-GAME or by filling out an online form 

Other useful links:
New Mexico Wildlife Federation (NMWF) is a nonprofit organization of sportsmen and women dedicated to protecting New Mexico’s wildlife, public lands ...
- New Mexico Game and Fish News Releases

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