Photo of a black bear cub for the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter website.

Bears and Cougars are part of New Mexico’s natural heritage. They are beautiful and important animals in nature. But the New Mexico Game Commission has approved the use of painful and cruel traps and snares on private land and on 9 million acres of state trust land to kill cougars and has increased — again — the number of bears that trophy hunters can kill in our state.

Click here to tell Gov. Martinez: Your Game Commission has gone too far.
(note: clicking on the above link will open a new browser window and take you off our website)

No scientific evidence was offered that either species is over-populated, nor was there justification for what purpose killing more bears and cougars serves.

Click here to read more about the Aug. 27 Game Commission decision.

The new cougar-trapping and bear-killing rules take effect in January 2016. Hundreds of New Mexico bears and cougars are already being killed each year. Help protect our iconic bears and cougars and keep even more traps from being set in New Mexico.

Click here to tell Gov. Martinez to direct her Game Commission to reverse its reckless decision on cougars and bears. 
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To learn more about stopping trapping, go to trapfreenm.org.

For tips on co-existing with bears, read this from our friends at Sandia Mountain Bear Watch.

Tell Gov. Martinez: Cougars and bears deserve better
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2 thoughts on “Tell Gov. Martinez: Cougars and bears deserve better

  • September 25, 2015 at 4:46 am
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    really hard to get around your site, actually. I ‘ve submitted my comments to Martinez, and wanted to get back to the page where it tells how I can get a contribution to you for the radio ads- alas, I can’t find it on your website!

  • September 25, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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    I live out in the country and know that it is fair and right NOT to kill these predators …in what, I also believe, is an effort to help the ranchers reduce their risks.

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