New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 19, 2007:

GAME COMMISSION TO HEAR COMMENTS ABOUT MEXICAN WOLF PROGRAM

LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico Game Commission will conduct a two-hour listening session at its March 28 meeting in Las Cruces to hear prepared comments from groups and individuals about the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Program. This will help the State Game Commission continue its efforts to support reintroduction of the Mexican wolf while balancing agricultural interests, public safety, and conservation values.

The meeting will be Wednesday, March 28, starting at 9 a.m. at the Best Western-Mesilla Valley Inn and Columbus Conference Center, 901 Avenida de Mesilla. The listening session is a specific agenda item, scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Those wishing to address the Commission about the wolf program are encouraged to prepare comments in advance and designate a spokesperson to represent organizations or interest groups. Emphasis will be given to hearing perspectives from people living in the Blue Range Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Area. Comments will be limited to nine minutes and speakers are asked to respect the Commission's time schedule. Topics to be considered are:

For more information about Mexican wolves and the reintroduction program, please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website, http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf/index.shtml .

The March 28 Game Commission meeting agenda also includes:

Proposed changes to the state's fishing regulations to allow limited angling opportunities for Gila trout, which recently were downlisted from federally endangered to threatened.

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 Alfredo Montoya, chairman, Alcalde; Tom Arvas, vice-chairman, Albuquerque; Leo Sims, Hobbs; Sandy Buffett, Santa Fe; M.H. "Dutch" Salmon, Silver City; Terry Riley, Tijeras; and Jim McClintic, Albuquerque.

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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