New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JAN. 4, 2007:

GAME COMMISSION TO ELECT CHAIRMAN, VICE-CHAIRMAN JAN. 10 IN SANTA FE
DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND FISH RECRUITING CONSERVATION OFFICERS
DEPARTMENT SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON ANTELOPE RELEASES IN SOUTHEASTERN N.M.

GAME COMMISSION TO ELECT CHAIRMAN, VICE-CHAIRMAN JAN. 10 IN SANTA FE

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Game Commission will meet Wednesday, Jan. 10 in Santa Fe to elect a chairman and vice-chairman for 2007.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Room 311 of the State Capitol. The full agenda and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us or by calling (505) 476-8008.

The Commission also will consider subcommittee and other structural assignments, and hear public comments at Wednesday's meeting.

The New Mexico Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state's diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Current members are Leo Sims, chairman, Hobbs; Tom Arvas, vice-chairman, Albuquerque; Alfredo Montoya, Alcalde; David Henderson, Santa Fe; M.H. "Dutch" Salmon, Silver City,; Peter Pino, Zia Pueblo; and Terry Riley, Tijeras. For more information, visit the Department of Game and Fish Web site at www.wildlife.state.nm.us .

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Shirley Baker, (505) 476-8030. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.

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DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND FISH RECRUITING CONSERVATION OFFICERS

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is looking for qualified men and women to join the next generation of conservation officers who protect and conserve the state's wildlife. Recruitment will be Jan. 15 through Feb. 16, 2007, for trainees to fill multiple positions statewide.

The Department is encouraging people with diverse educational degrees to apply for the positions. Qualifications include a degree from a four-year, accredited college, passing a physical fitness test, and successfully completing a five-month training course at the state Law Enforcement Academy . Acceptable college degrees include biology, fisheries science, wildlife science, animal science, forestry, range science, agricultural science, communications, journalism, outdoor recreation, environmental science, wildlife law enforcement, resource economics, criminal justice, ecology, natural resource management, zoology, behavioral science, social science, and others.

Applicants can find the recruiting notice and application instructions beginning Jan. 15 on the State Personnel Office web site, www.state.nm.us/spo. Eligible applicants must show proof of their degree by June 22, 2007.

Interested applicants can get more information about conservation officer duties, educational and physical requirements, training and employee benefits by contacting the Department of Game and Fish Human Resources Office at (505) 476-8028 or visiting the Employment Opportunities page of the Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us .

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DEPARTMENT SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON ANTELOPE RELEASES IN SOUTHEASTERN N.M.

ROSWELL - The Department of Game and Fish is soliciting public input on the proposed trapping and subsequent transplanting of pronghorn antelope to several locations in southeastern New Mexico .  

Pronghorn antelope numbers in and around Roswell continue to increase, resulting in growing depredation and nuisance problems. The Department has successfully trapped antelope in the past to decrease their numbers in specific areas around Roswell to lessen crop damage and to address concerns in and around subdivisions. The antelope trapped in the past were relocated to Bureau of Land Management lands on Fort Stanton near Capitan to supplement an existing herd.

In an effort to address concerns in the Roswell area, the Department plans to trap antelope this winter on private property in two or three locations. Antelope will be live-trapped by the use of drop-nets and then released on specific ranches in southeast New Mexico that also could have public land within their boundaries.   The ranches selected for transplants contain excellent antelope habitat and could provide additional hunter opportunity in the future. The releases of antelope on the ranches also could result in new herds being established.

Comments or questions about the trapping or transplanting operations can be addressed to Mark Madsen, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Southeast Operations Division, 1912 W. Second St., Roswell , NM 88201 ; (505) 624-6135, or mark.madsen@state.nm.us .

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